Dear Editor, talk about putting out a message that is guaranteed to get some backlash from social media (‘We are ready, prepared and protected’, January 11, 2022).
it appears that TMO (Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health) are wholly underprepared
for the borders opening judging by the adverse comments across Facebook.
that TMO are training lay people to stick a cotton bud probe up one’s nose to
collect a sample for viral analysis. Can anyone see what is patently wrong with
doing this. Lay people are not experts, this practice is not easy even for
expert medical staff and yet, TMO want you to be personally involved. It is
either a feel-good thing, a matter of poor TMO resourcing or someone’s had a
brain explosion and want to put the responsibility on lay people.
will take responsibility and accountability if an incident occurs or a medical
mishap raises its head? Have they thought about this? For all those who think
this is a good idea well sorry about it nah.
closing of the hospital and Outpatients and five of 10 Puna as reported how
does that go down with us all. RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) packs are going to be
made available, yeh good one.
are only two options when the virus gets here and it will, and option 1. if
everyone follows the rules, the outcome is manageable and option 2. if everyone
decides intentionally or unintentionally not to follow the rules then the
outcome will be unmanageable. Human nature will come to the fore as people have
in the past absconded from isolation.
biggest headache is misinformation and misinterpretation from their staff even
when they have been given the process and protocols to follow. Now escalate
that to businesses and their staff also giving misinformation and
misinterpreting from staff briefings and you get the picture.
preparation trainings country wide for the opening of the border should have
been spearheaded by TMO months ago to help businesses and individuals get
themselves onto a war footing to deal with ‘what if’ scenarios when the borders
do we get? Platitudes and words of preparedness masquerading as, trust us, we got
go Cook Islands, we got this Rarodise. Let’s get ready and show the world that
we lasted this long without Covid, now we going to show them how to manage it
if it does arrive our shores.
is the new norm and with God’s grace, we will continue our lives as safe as we
can vaccinated or not, and with the virus here or not. Is all in God’s hands,
we just need to believe in it.