By Demion McTair. Updated 1:49 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he has to find a way to help returned sailors who are meeting hardships.
“I am worried about some hardship which is beginning to be felt by seafarers” – Dr. Gonsalves said on WEFM’s Issue at Hand program on July 12, via telephone call.
“You remember they will send home monies, but I was advised that many of the cruise ships, during the time when they were just in holding operation, while they (seafarers) were being fed, they were not given a salary as such, same thing with some of the oil rig workers” – Dr. Gonsalves said.
“So, they are having some challenge and over 1,000 of them have come home and I have to find a way to get some resources to to help them in a similar manner like I’ve been helping the unemployed people here and those who are at the…the vendors and the like” – the prime minister said.
Dr. Gonsalves said though St. Vincent and the Grenadines says that there is still “real hardship” in the country due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, even though we have not suffered “quite to the same extent as other countries”.
The government has rolled out several measures which it says are aimed at bringing relief to those most affected by the pandemic.