Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015

Leeflang: “Whitman’s policies are producing more diseases”

Omayra LeeflangWILLEMSTAD – According to the Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang, there will soon be a showdown between Parliament and the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ben Whiteman. “Maybe I will be the only MP in this showdown against the minister, but it is inevitable seeing the erratic policies of this minister. This policy is promoting more diseases,” said the Independent MP.

Whiteman announced the need to hire an inspector for the environment and nature. This announcement was made two years ago and the Netherlands has even assisted in formulating a concept under which the new inspector should operate. “We still don’t have this inspector! And we constantly hear about major gaffes committed by this minister.” The most recent one, according to the Independent MP, is the involvement of the Public Health Department in Amsterdam to investigate the green substance found on various houses on the island. “And now, even the office of the minister has recognized that the experts were not involved in the investigation, while the substance is still “raining” on people’s head,” Leeflang stressed. Apparently this green substance is from the oil refinery.

“This is how you promote serious diseases on this island. We can also see how this minister has handled the problems with Chikungunya. Another example of how his policies are promoting diseases.”

The Independent MP also gave another example, when dioxin was discovered in local pork meat, which was ready to be sold to consumers. “What did the minister do? Now we see another problem. There are asbestos pipes on the grounds of the oil refinery. What will the minister do now?”

“It’s not even worth it to ask these questions to the minister, because we will not receive an answer. And he has his attitude as if he doesn’t really care. I think he’s hiding behind his title as a doctor.”

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