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AWRIGHT DEN!: I have issues


COREY WORRELL, [email protected]

AWRIGHT DEN!: I have issues

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MY FIRST ISSUE is that while I am pleased garbage is being picked up across the island, how was the $411.50 per hour being received by private haulers calculated, and how is it being paid?

What if a truck has a technical problem like a flat tyre? What if a truck is stuck in traffic? How is the Sanitation Service Authority keeping private haulers accountable; that is, they are able to prove that invoices presented represent hours of work conducted? Rather than paying per hour, payment based on tonnage of garbage collected may have been a better alternative.

Given that the Government has been accused in the past of wastage and inefficient management of state funds, it should make sure it is transparent in these agreements and have all the Is dotted and Ts crossed. Just trying to understand the process. Can anyone assist?

Issue No. 2

I have always wondered if it is a good health practice for nurses to travel especially on public transportation in their uniforms. I have also seen doctors in public areas outside of the hospital and clinics wearing their lab coats. I am not aware if this practice poses or doesn’t pose any significant hazards, but since these medical professionals work in very controlled environments with patients with very sensitive medical conditions, I believe it is a matter that needs to be discussed.

I also take into consideration that nurses not being allowed to wear their uniforms from home, will create other challenges.

Issue No. 3

Every time I enter any of the bus terminals, I can’t help but to make observations. My motivation is always: how can the public’s experience be better or more comfortable?

Last Monday morning while waiting in queue for a bus in the Fairchild Street terminal, I observed that the tops of probably all the railings used to facilitate queuing were rusty. I knew the railings were in need of painting for a very long time but didn’t recognise the rust before. Would you believe that same morning, a nurse who was waiting in line for the same bus as I, had her white scrub top soiled by the same rusted railing?

To be honest, I was upset and very disappointed. Imagine the number of individuals who have had their clothing soiled as a result of these unpainted railings. It doesn’t take large sums of money to remedy this issue; actually, it is very easy to solve.

Back in July, I wrote an article titled People Deserve Better where I highlighted three issues in this same terminal, two of which were the lack of seating, and the rusted fans which don’t work and were a possible hazard to the public. These problems remain and the railings now have been added.

Better is expected and better can be done. The terminal is in need of attention and one can only hope these concerns are addressed with urgency.

Issue No. 4

Where possible, I prefer to sit in the front seat of minibuses or ZRs since it is the most comfortable seat. As a passenger in a front seat, you are expected by law to wear a seatbelt. I had the unfortunate experience of having a brown mark left diagonally across my shirt as a result of a dirty seat belt.

I am asking owners of public service vehicles (PSVs) to clean their seat belts. Additionally, pay as much attention to the inside of the vehicle as you do the outside when it comes to washing and cleaning. Grease marks from persons resting their heads on the glass are a common thing on many PSVs can be easily remedied. Remember, you offer a service and you should always be thinking about your passengers; not just getting them to a destination but about their health and safety as well.

• Corey Worrell, a former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, is director of C2J Foundation Inc., a project-based NGO focusing on social development. Email: [email protected]

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