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Are governments, institutions losing trust during COVID-19 Pandemic?

Posted: April 2, 2020

(April 1, 2020)

By: Melissa Hemingway, Feminine-Perspective Magazine (FPMag)

Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte has given shoot-to-kill orders to army and police when dealing with protesters who have been claiming they have no food during the 48 million person, military-imposed lock down of the Philippines’ Luzon Island.

The US State Department commingled 14 Covid-19 infected patients with hundreds of healthy persons from the Diamond Princess docked at Daikoku Pier in the Japanese port of Yokohama in mid February. This had a very bad outcome that may have spread the disease to thousands.

Forty three persons consequently became instantly infected by SARS-CoV-2 as a probable result of that 747-cargo plane flight.

The World Health Organisation which was unprepared for a pandemic is blaming Asian mask wearers for the deaths of nurses and doctors whose government has not supplied them with personal protective equipment. People are becoming infected because of the confusion caused by the World Health Organisation about wearing masks, something most Asians have done for two decades “and have drawers full of masks” notes a Filipino nanny working in Hong Kong.

Canada has failed to “test-treat-trace” as per the World Health Organisation’s medical directive. Many health related and human rights groups are worried there may be a very bad outcome. Meanwhile the country’s most populous province has apparently misplaced 55 million N95 masks that were stockpiled in preparation for SARS-2.

Ontario was slammed hard by the first SARS epidemic. The provincial health ministry says the stockpiled masks were past their expiry but the manufacturers told FPMag that the masks were safe to use except “some might have trouble with certain elastic straps that may break too easily”.

“In any case, they are gone,” says the Ontario Health Coalition’s executive director in a phone interview.

A representative of The Nurses Without Borders says their group is extremely worried about the cavalier attitude North American officials have taken to the “dire warnings of China and the World Health Organisation, both of which, despite minor missteps, have done an exemplary job in managing the epidemic with the medical directive of ‘test-treat-trace’.” Their warning in February and updated in March has turned out to have been very accurate.

In a matter of a few days, the uncontrolled epidemic in the United States and in Canada is taking lives at an unprecedented rate.

“55 Million N95 masks stockpiled in Ontario have disappeared,” according to Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition.

“But Ontario officials are evasive when asked about the masks. They say they had expired,” she  added.

The Ontario Health Coalition boasts some 500 thousand members who are medical practitioners, patients, concerned citizens and interested persons.

The group is very concerned about the lack of adherence in Ontario, Canada to the extremely successful ‘test-treat-trace’ WHO directive for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Is Ontario still planning to follow the World Health Organisation’s advice that underlines the importance of testing and tracking, or has it simply abandoned it?” queried Natalie Mehra, executive director of the health coalition.

“We have held back from raising questions as the government was ramping up capacity and testing but it has been several weeks now and our province is still far behind where we should be. At this point, we are questioning whether there is a plan to test and track, and if so, when will testing criteria be loosened so that more people can access testing? Who will be prioritised? What is our province’s goal? How quickly can our province catch up to the goal?” — Natalie Mehra Ontario Health Coalition

The ‘test-treat-trace’ protocol is also a medical directive of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian politician and academic who has been Director-General of the World Health Organization since 2017.

Ontario Nurses’ Association president Vicki McKenna also raised the alarm when she told Reuters in early March that, “We believe that there is a supply problem but government officials will not confirm supply.”

She also said, “This question is asked at every meeting with [Ontario] ministry officials.”

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