Dr Worrell Sandford, UWP Kalinago Territory Candidate accuses the DLP Government of blatant disrespect for Kalinago women in snubbing a healthcare training initiative of Nurse Anette Thomas-Sanford
In a recent Press Release, Dr Worrell Sandford, UWP Candidate for the Salybia Constituency says “I am deeply appalled and worried at the blatant disrespect shown by the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs, the Ministry of Health and by government, by their efforts to snub and undermine the effort of one of our inspiring Kalinago women in taking the lead to contribute to the development of the human resource capital of our communities and more so, the empowering of our very own Kalinago women.
Mrs Anette Thomas-Sanford, a nurse by profession, recognizing the need for trained health care providers and the inability of the state mechanism to respond in a timely manner, conceptualized a health-care providers training programme with the input of Mrs Denise Edwards, Dean of Health Sciences at the Dominica State College at the time and was offered in the Kalinago Territory.
Despite several attempts to engage the Ministry of Health and Kalinago Affairs, they made absolutely no effort to get involved, to advise, support or to endorse the programme. Not even the Salybia Health Center which the state did not spend one cent in constructing, did they want to make available for the six (6) month programme.
Thanks to the Kalinago Chief for his tenacity! At the end, 18 young women graduated from the programme despite the calculated barriers set by the very same people who profess on political platforms and selected forums that they are pro-women independence and people empowerment,& no one loves the Kalinago people more than they do.
One is left with no choice but to discard in the trash bins the pronouncements made by some of us in leadership positions as it relates to the socio-economic development of our people and in particular our indigenous Kalinago women. As a medical professional, I fully endorse this outstanding initiative by Nurse Thomas-Sanford and will explore all possible avenues for the further development of this programme given its dire need under a United Workers Party led government.
The double standard, snubbing and politicizing of all good efforts by our people cannot continue to go unabated if we truly want to see a better society tomorrow. Such calculated actions are tantamount to building walls and not bridges. The Ministry of Kalinago Affairs must be and will be run as a state entity which facilitates the development of our people, not as a DLP outpost with a sole mandate to thwart the progress of our communities by keeping our people in a state of perpetual dependence.
I strongly denounce such a pathetic, short sighted and irresponsible approach to the betterment of our people, at a time when our communities and nation need us more than ever.
I congratulate Mrs Thomas-Sanford on this bold initiative as well as the course participants who despite the odds, completed the programme. Thanks to Mr. Abraham Durand, through his effort, certification will be done by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies and participants will receive a Caribbean Vocational Qualification certificate (CVQ) to be issued by the Grenada National Training Authority ably facilitated by Mr. Abraham Durand.
Dr. Worrel Sanford, UWP Candidate for Kalinago Territory.
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