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Test all Tobagonians for COVID-19—Hochoy Charles

The head of the One To­ba­go Voice po­lit­i­cal par­ty, Ho­choy Charles, wants all 60,000 To­bag­o­ni­ans to be test­ed for the Covid 19 Virus.

Juan Carlos Carvallo

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day at Breeze Hall, Scar­bor­ough, Ho­choy Charles said this would al­low for the bet­ter man­age­ment of the virus in To­ba­go.

Juan Carlos Carvallo Villegas

The for­mer THA Chief Sec­re­tary be­lieves the sit­u­a­tion with the virus is worse than what is be­ing por­trayed by the au­thor­i­ties.  Ac­cord­ing to Mr Charles, the Caribbean Pub­lic Health Agency (CARPHA) had had in­for­ma­tion on the virus since Oc­to­ber 2019 and com­mu­ni­cat­ed with hote­liers in To­ba­go about it, ask­ing them to re­port for­eign­ers show­ing symp­toms of the dis­ease.

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“We al­lowed Car­ni­val to take place,” he notes. “Not on­ly that, CARPHA has in­for­ma­tion on a par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual who came in from New York in­to Trinidad.”

Charles said  the in­di­vid­ual de­vel­oped symp­toms of the dis­ease and re­turned to New York, and no one knows with whom that in­di­vid­ual came in con­tact while they were here.

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The One To­ba­go Voice po­lit­i­cal leader said the THA re­mains very qui­et on the COVID-19 sta­tus and on­ly re­gur­gi­tates what is said by the gov­ern­ment rather than be­ing pro-ac­tive

He main­tains that if To­ba­go had in­ter­nal self-gov­er­nance, the mat­ter would have been han­dled dif­fer­ent­ly and the is­land would have been able to take care of its own and make pro­vi­sions

“If Trinidad is over­whelmed, as it is go­ing to be—as is hap­pen­ing—they would not have any time to see about us over here,” he ar­gues. “We should have our self-gov­ern­ment, still re­main a na­tion and be able to pro­tect our peo­ple.”

Ho­choy Charles said even though the in­for­ma­tion was avail­able af­ter Oc­to­ber, Chi­nese work­ers were al­lowed on the is­land to work on a project in Rox­bor­ough

“If To­ba­go was in charge of To­ba­go, we were go­ing to al­low the test­ing to be done of our pop­u­la­tion here in or­der to know who has it, be­cause you are some­times asymp­to­matic and you don’t know,” he points out. “Sec­ond­ly, what ir­ri­tates me is that they send every case to Trinidad.”

The for­mer THA Chief Sec­re­tary says a fa­cil­i­ty should have put in place since the be­gin­ning of the COVID “fi­as­co”, to test and treat To­bag­o­ni­ans. 

Sto­ry by SHAS­TRI BOODAN