Guyana’s Minister Vickram Appeals to Flood Relief Recipients to take Vaccine
The Hon. Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources (Including Oil and Gas), appealed to the public to take the vaccine for protection against the Covid 19 virus on Saturday Oct 16. The remark was well-received by the large gathering that turned up to listen to the minister as the government rolled out distribution of flood relief funds on the West Coast to the thousands of victims.
The Minister made the stirring appeal at flood relief distribution centers on the West Coast at four stops. The Minister addressed large gatherings at four distribution centers. Cash crop and livestock farmers and home owners who suffered losses by major flooding in May and June turned up to receive flood-relief grants from the Ministry of Agriculture headed by Minister Zulfikar Mustapha. Zulfikar distributed cash grants at three other centers.
Minister Bharrat pointed out that there were hundreds of people at the distribution centers and he complimented and thanked them for following Covid protocols – masking up and social distancing. Everyone was observing Covid rules at the Greenwich Park Sec School. He urged them to observe anti Covid protocols wherever they are — social distancing and masking – telling them that the virus is deadly.
The Minister points out that almost every Guyanese, some nine hundred, who died from Covid was not vaccinated. Similar findings have been noted worldwide. Your life is worth living. The vaccine guards against death. He pleaded upon those not yet vaccinated to please take the vaccine. “You have a choice of vaccines. We have different makes. The government has been able to procure a variety of vaccines for every Guyanese from 12 year old to the oldest person. The vaccine is available free of cost. The government has made it a priority. I have taken the vaccine. And I am Covid free. Please get vaccinated!”
On the flood relief grant, the Minister noted that the government had distributed various kinds of grants to the public including Covid stimulus grant, education grant, school uniform grant, and pension grant, among others. The Minister stated that the government has honored its manifesto to serve the public and to revive agriculture that was neglected during the preceding administration. “This government is working for you. It cares about you”.
He explained that the grant is not compensation for losses due to flooding but a little something to help you get re-started in farming. The President recognized that you lost your crops and animal stock and want to help you to quickly re-start operation in farming and animal husbandry. “Government is helping in your recovery”, he stated.
At the beginning and conclusion of his address, the Minister received a standing ovation and he was cheered by the packed hall.
At the conclusion, the Minister helped to distribute checks to a few individuals while staff from the Agriculture Ministry distributed to the rest of the public. Those whose names were not on the list of grant payees were instructed to see staff at a separate desk and put their names for investigation for the next round of payments. “Once you qualify for the grant, you will receive it”, he assured those whose names were not on the list of payees.
The Minister was accompanied by the Chair of the NDC for the area as well as the Chairman of Region 3 Inshan Ayub and Parliamentary Secretary Vikash Ramkissoon, both of who also made remarks.
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