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Opinion: Bonfim Health Authorities Culpable of Region 9’s First Coronavirus Case

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This article was first published on the 11th of May, 2020.

Last updated: May 12, 2020 at 0:07 am

Today, 11th of May, 2020, the border town of Lethem with its limited medical facilities and personnel has been detonated with its first coronavirus case. We can only hope that the impact will be contained. However, it is my personal opinion that the Health Authorities in Bonfim are at least partially responsible for the first coronavirus case in Region 9, Guyana, South America.

When I first posted about the suspected coronavirus case in Lethem, a prominent resident of Bonfim renounced it, saying that he knows that the man was diagnosed with malaria in Bonfim, and not coronavirus.

The million dollar question here is, how, in a time when the entire world is on such high alert, you can misdiagnose a coronavirus case for a malaria case? Is it that your testing facilities are erroneous, or is it that you simply brushed it aside as a possible malaria case? And the other question is, in light of all that is going on, why was someone who was displaying symptoms consistent with coronavirus not placed in an isolation or quarantine facility.

If the authorites in neighboring Bonfim had half the efficiency of Region 9’s CEO, Mr. Carl Parker, then Region 9 would still be free of the coronavirus today, and the people of Lethem would not be living in such a tense environment of fear.

Having been in Lethem for a while, I have personally witnessed Mr. Parker’s commitment to protecting Region 9 from the coronavirus, and the efficient and swift measures he has taken in this regard.

Of course, we’re not going to hold this against Bonfim or send them a “coronavirus” bill. But someone needs to send the message across that Bonfim, and Brazil as a whole, needs to do more to protect its citizens, its neighbors and the world from the deadly coronavirus.

Related: Brazil Misdiagnosed Coronavirus Case as Malaria.

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