Prymula, on the other hand, considers various festivities to be an experiment, which, according to him, is behind the increase in the number of people infected in the Uherské Hradiště region. Blah did not like the fact that the city learned about the intention to start a pilot project of covid-19 surface testing in the Uherské Hradiště region from Twitter. According to him, people in an area with high population infections do not deserve to be guinea pigs. Blaha wrote to ČTK that he did not directly criticize the area testing, but the poor communication of the minister.
On Friday, Blaha said that the inhabitants of Uherské Hradiště do not deserve to be guinea pigs “in Professor Prymula’s laboratory” and should know what they are up to. “I was very surprised by the mayor’s reaction, because if there was an experiment, it was various festivities that were in the region and that caused a huge increase,” the minister said in a video today. “We are currently in a situation where we want to help the regions that have the biggest problems. And testing is definitely not an experiment. I think it is used in many countries and we offer it. If Uherské Hradiště thinks that it can handle the situation on its own, we do not have to get involved, “added Prymula.
“I did not criticize the area testing itself. I am not an epidemiologist, so I cannot assess the meaning of such a measure if it is based on a voluntary basis, as I have read somewhere. I criticized the non-communication on the part of the Minister, “Blaha wrote to ČTK. The politician stressed that the people in the district are under tension and under enormous pressure and deserve clear and comprehensible communication. “In this situation, we can read about such an extensive measure from the Minister’s Twitter. Neither the governor nor I was acquainted with the details, “Blaha wrote. At Friday’s meeting, convened by the director of regional hygiene, all experts wondered how such a large-scale event should be staffed. Representatives of general practitioners and paediatricians, who should provide testing, also disagreed in principle.
Blaha also defended himself against Prymul through his twitter account.
I criticized the fact that such an important thing just goes on Twitter without anyone in the region being acquainted with the details. Neither the governor nor the mayor knew about it, nor did those who are supposed to provide testing know about it. This is what clear communication looks like in practice?
– Stanislav Blaha (@StanislavBlaha) October 17, 2020
Blaha was also surprised by the actions the minister came across. He doesn’t know what the events are. “Did the mayors have the opportunity to cancel events that were not organized by cities and municipalities?” The mayor concluded.
At the so-called traffic light of the Ministry of Health, the entire Zlín Region is red, which indicates the highest possible risk of coronavirus infection. Of the four districts in the region, the most infected are in the Uherské Hradiště region. In the last seven days, there have been 670 new cases of the disease per 100,000 inhabitants, which is the third highest number among districts in the Czech Republic. Today, the Uherské Hradiště hospital also took over ten lung ventilators from the state, struggling with their shortage.