Santokhi informs Bouterse of crisis aid
Chandrikapersad Santokhi, chairman of the Progressive Reform Party (VHP), on Tuesday night informed President Desi Bouterse of the crisis aid that he sought for Suriname in foreign countries. The meeting reportedly lasted nearly an hour. Santokhi reportedly sought help for Suriname’s healthcare sector from the diasporic community in the Netherlands so that lives could be saved. He also went seeking help in India where several investors expressed their willingness to make investments in Suriname. Santokhi told Times of Suriname that some people believe that each government must clean up its own mess but that he does not look after the government but the people of Suriname. “I wanted to make clear that our party does not only criticize but that we also present proposals. We do not remain on the sidelines to present criticism. We also contribute,” said Santokhi who is also a member of Parliament. He explained that his party is not part of the ruling coalition and that the government must think hard about measures aimed at controlling the crisis. “I have done my part as legislator to help bring some relief for the people. I wanted to help save lives by seeking help for the healthcare sector. I want development for this country,” said MP Santokhi who added that he and President Bouterse discussed the fact that the crisis also affects other sectors but that life-threatening situations could occur in the healthcare sector. “People could die if there are no funds and equipment which is why I spoke to the diasporic community.” The VHP chairman reportedly asked the president if things could be set into motion so that Suriname can receive aid from the diasporic community in the Netherlands. President Bouterse indicated that he would present the matter to the Council of Ministers. “I have already done my part. The president must do the rest by turning it into government policy,” said MP Santokhi who added that experts from the healthcare sector have told him that the situation at certain hospital wards is very serious. “I have also discussed investment opportunities with President Bouterse. I told him that there are people who want to make investments which will create jobs and boost the government’s income.” The Office of the President issued a press release, indicating that it appreciates the efforts of Santokhi. President Bouterse assured Santokhi that he would share the information with the Council of Ministers. The press release pointed out that the government applauds all initiatives aimed of people and organizations aimed at ‘fixing’ the current economic situation.