Pharmacists to go in mourning in symbolic protest over insufficient Covid-19 measures

Miguela Xuereb

The Kamra tal-Ispiżjara ta’ Malta has directed all community pharmacists to take part in a symbolic protest over the government’s attitude in the face of a resurgence of Covid-19.

The protest is dubbed #spizjaraluttu, and as the name suggests, pharmacists are asked to wear a black ribbon as a sign of mourning, and to affix a black cloth at the entrance of the pharmacy together with an explanatory statement. This, it said, was particularly timely in light of the first death from Covid-19 registered since the removal of initial restrictions last Friday.

The pharmacists’ chamber said that it repeatedly condemned “the procrastination, puerile and disrespectful attitude and comments, political and subjective economical expediency taking precedence to science-based health expertise and advice, to the detriment of the health of the nation.” It emphasised that it was aligned with the Medical Association of Malta and the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine and in favour of all science-based public health measures issued by the Health Ministry and by the Superintendent for Public Health.

It said that the protest would be the first step of a structured protest campaign, warning that this could be escalated if need be.

It would remain in force until the Kamra is satisfied that the measures taken to safeguard public health are in line with the scientific advice.