Franz deFreitas says he is willing to sue the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) if a dear friend of his dies because he is unable to receive his required medication.
According to reports, since the Pharmacy Council has been unable to issue licenses for the importation of some drugs, their supply is running low.
When the healthcare system is unable to provide medication to the people who contribute to the MBS, says deFreitas, the country is on the brink of a disaster – of epic proportions – and on the cliff of a failed state.
DeFreitas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City South, says the Scheme’s inability to procure basic medication to keep beneficiaries alive is shocking.
DeFreitas references a beneficiary whose survival depends on medication obtained from the Scheme. He says the man’s health and life are at risk since, reportedly, he is unable to get the drug he needs, and there is no word on when it will become available.
Accordingly, the UPP Candidate is threatening legal action if his friend does not survive.
DeFreitas says this type of lackadaisical behaviour seems to have become a trend in Antigua and Barbuda, with the authorities not caring about the poor.
What the people need is to be vigilant, deFreitas says. Accordingly, he suggests that healthy people band together as communities and make a decision to “vote these hateful people out of power, so that we can actually stay alive, survive,” and build the country going forward.