Op-Ed: When it comes to HIV, no need to embellish our achievements or to diminish our challenges

Photo: Fareed Abdullah (GCIS)

The political chicanery and subterfuge of the last few days has been met with disbelief yet it has been a long time coming. And it is this culture that permeates all the factions in government, including those who are now presenting themselves as the “unsullied”, that undergirds the sycophancy that overpowers the work of government. By FAREED ABDULLAH.

When I joined government in 1994 there was not only an openness to dissenting opinions; it was encouraged. When we met, month after month, as the Health MINMEC (meeting of Ministers, MECs and senior staff) with the then Minister of Health in the chair, there was uniform acceptance that finding solutions to the tasks that faced us in the complex health function required debate, discussion, disagreement. It was encouraged.   Read More

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