The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce wishes to add its voice against Stigma and Discrimination against persons who are being treated for COVID-19.
President of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Karen Peter said “It is extremely important that citizens and businesses act more responsibly and with greater sensitivity as we interact with each other. There is no need or place for stigma and discrimination”.
The Chief Medical Officer raised the issue of stigmatization and discrimination against individuals, firms and companies by the general public due to incorrect assumptions regarding the virus when she addressed the Chamber’s 136th Annual General Meeting on November, 25th 2020.
Dr. Belmar-George highlighted the severe negative impact stigma and discrimination can have on the fight against the virus. These unwarranted negative attitudes may result in people not coming forward, not testing, not sharing information and making contact tracing and protection of the very public more difficult, she intimated.
The Chamber wishes to remind St. Lucians and the business community, that while the virus is serious, most persons who have the virus only have mild conditions and most recover. Therefore, we should treat all persons kindly, by following the health and safety protocols, and treat them with respect and as we would wish to be treated.