Anthony speaks on the struggles in Vieux Fort during COVID-19
Former Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, says there are a lot of concerns and panic amidst the coronavirus pandemic in his constituency, Vieux-Fort South.
Anthony was the guest on the programme, “The State of the Nation”, hosted by Calixte Geoge Jr last evening, Wednesday, May,13, on Choice television.
“A lot of people are genuinely having a hard time to make ends meet. They don’t have the resources to purchase food at the supermarkets,” Dr Anthony said.
He described the issue of food supply to residents if Vieux-Fort as a major concern.
According to Dr Anthony, while they did receive some help from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), from his estimation, the approximately 225 to 230 food parcels which they received was very difficult to manage with a population of about 9,000 persons.
He said earlier on, he was able to assist homeless people and those who roam the streets.
“We had to develop a food programme to assist those people. Every day of the week we provided them with one major meal during the day. At one point we were feeding about 60 persons,” Dr Anthony said.
He said that those people who roam the streets also depend on a striving economy since when people go out and shop, they will have more people to ask for assistance.
He noted that the residents of his constituency have a serious concern about their health since they do not have the quality of health care they need.
“I think they are deeply concerned about their health and a lot of this has to do with the situation of the St Jude Hospital,” he said, adding that the virus is catching them at a very difficult time.
He said their situation is compounded by the fact that a lot of what has taken place in Vieux-Fort over the last few years has not touched the lives of people of the community.
According to the former prime minister, recently residents of Vieux-Fort went through a bout of panic when an individual employed with the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“They are now taking things in strides. They understand their own vulnerability, Dr Anthony said.