Mahdia Town Council urged to do more to curb Covid

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Hon. Pauline Sukhai has called on the Mahdia Town Council to increase its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister delivered this charge during a meeting with the town council earlier this month, alongside Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall.

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Hon. Pauline Sukhai and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall

Minister Sukhai said: “The Town Council and the Region has to come on board doing their own part… The National Task Force, collaborating with the Town Council and the Regional Administration should have an aggressive programme.”

While acknowledging that Mahdia is a transient township, Minister Sukhai said the town’s administration should take an active role in combating the disease. This, she said, is important even though Mahdia has not seen a surge in cases since the pandemic begun.

“Mahdia has been very lucky so far… but we have to be careful,” she said.

Meanwhile, Minister Dharamlall said businesses too can play a role in preventing transmission of the disease by publishing information flyers at their various locations.

“I would like to see the town take a stand to help us curb this spread [of COVID-19] as much as possible,” Minister Dharamlall said.

The Minister also discussed the Council’s 2021 workplan. On this point, he reminded the body to consult with its constituency on projects and to ensure that its procurement processes are transparent.  The Minster also advised the Council to submit a request to secure a site for its landfill since there current one is in dispute.

Ministers Sukhai and Dharamlall’s visit to the town council was preceded by their addresses at the swearing-in ceremony of Region Eight’s new Regional Democratic Council on Friday.


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