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Cynics holding Jamaica back

Published:Wednesday | July 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The outlook of Dara Johnson, whose letter, 'Health and logistics hubs are pipe dreams', was published July 28, 2014, and Sheree Downey, whose 'Really, Dr Ferguson? Jamaica a health hub', was published on July 23, 2014, both in The Gleaner, is exactly the sort of attitude that will stunt the growth of any country.

I am in full support of Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and his team for thinking of a future where Jamaica is the health hub of the Caribbean, in line with what we hope to achieve as part of the National Development Plan by 2030. I commend him even more for his hands-on and action-oriented approach. We clearly have to start to put things in place now to get there.

I am not contesting the fact that there are issues in the health sector. But where can we go if we cannot first have a vision of where we want to be?

Perhaps Jamaicans need to start understanding their responsibility in making the country better. Stop breaking into health centres, stop stealing from schools and churches, pay your taxes, teach your children good values, help to reduce crime and violence, practise good health habits so you are not a burden on taxpayers.

Perhaps the reason why our sectors are in a so-called crisis - about which I disagree - is because of the lack of forward thinking on the part of many Jamaicans and the lack of a vision for the future.