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Sep 23, 2020

Doctor Marvin Manzanero is Not Resigning from his Post

Marvin Manzanero

News spread at the speed of lightening today about the purported resignation of Doctor Marvin Manzanero, the Director of Health Services, who has been the face in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  It came on the heels of a very controversial amendment to the quarantine regulations penalizing the DHS if he fails to provide confidential information on COVID-19 patients to the Minister of National Security.  So in essence, while the S.I. seeks to deal with those persons who are positive, in isolation and quarantine and who break the law, it punishes the DHS.  The amended regulations were issued late on Tuesday and sounded alarm bells instantly.  This morning, Doctor Manzanero could not be reached for comment, but there was talk from inside the N.O.C. meeting that he had raised strong concerns about the new S.I. since divulging patient information goes against the grain of his profession.  In the afternoon, the government issued a press release saying that the Director of Health Services had not resigned.  The government release went on to confirm that the N.O.C. did have a discussion with Doctor Manzanero on the S.I.   Did he threaten to resign? Well, the release admittedly states that “it was agreed to recommend to Cabinet an alternative way of dealing with the issue of COVID-19 positive patients who break quarantine and the law.”  It means that for some compelling reason, government will be revising the new S.I.


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