Nevertheless, we hear, Cayman has 500 hazmat suits and a field hospital on order … just in case.
Compare our public officials’ proactive, and very public, response to vague Ebola fears with their non-response to an ongoing, on-the-ground situation that is well within their power to resolve. We speak, of course, of the continuing standoff on Shedden Road by some two dozen recalcitrant residents, including the five children of missing landfill worker Anna Evans, who continue to ignore a court order to leave the property.
Their home has no electricity. There is no water. Bulldozers and police officers loom. Yet the children, inexplicably, remain there, living in what can only be described as third-world squalid conditions.
If it requires coordination from 13 agencies to address precisely zero Ebola cases, how many agencies does it require to address the situation on Shedden Road?
Why have these agencies engaged in “willful blindness” while this situation has been festering for years? Where are representatives, and results, from law enforcement, social services, child welfare, planning, public health, and, importantly, code enforcement, for starters?
Last week, we were told by Ms. Evans’s sister Noreen Dixon, who is now the caretaker of the children, that Children and Family Services had secured them a rental home in Bodden Town. Now she says that plan has fallen through, and they won’t be moving into that home.
And so, this sorry saga continues…