The Malta Independent 15 August 2020, Saturday

Mass activities ‘slap in the face’ to front-liners, well-meaning citizens – doctors

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 07:44 Last update: about 14 days ago

The Malta College of Family Doctors (MCFD) said it is dismayed that a number of organisations insist in holding mass events when it is clear that they are responsible for the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

In a statement, the MCFD applauded how the vast majority of citizens are with self-discipline and personal sacrifice following the instructions and recommendations of the medical community spearheaded by the Superintendence of Public Health to control the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  

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The MCFD also applauds how the vast majority of business enterprises are with due diligence and care providing citizens with opportunities for recreation and entertainment with regard for the before-mentioned recommendations whilst ensuring that our economy opens up.

On the other hand, the MCFD is dismayed that a small number of entities are organising and carrying out mass events where the recommendations to decrease the spread of COVID-19 virus are not or cannot be upheld.  It is well known that a number of these have resulted in the recent spike of active cases.  This is a slap on the face to all well-meaning citizens and especially the front-liners. The MCFD calls on those national authorities that give the permits for such activities, to be themselves responsible, together with the organisers, to make sure that the recommendations are upheld.

MCFD members report that many of the cases are amongst youth.  MCFD calls on national authorities to embark on an educational campaign to instruct young people on why respect for the recommendations of the medical community is needed to protect the vulnerable and on how they can continue to safely enjoy themselves in their leisure time.  Role models for young people can be enrolled in the initiative to bring the message across more effectively.

Finally, MCFD urged public figures, including national representatives, to lead by example in promoting civic responsibility to protect the vulnerable by respecting the recommendations of the medical community in social distancing and the use of masks in own individual events and collectively to bring across a coherent unified national message that ensures the wellbeing of our society.

 

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