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VI Youth Parliament meets for the 2nd time

-This time the group debated the controversial National Health Insurance Scheme
The reestablished Youth Parliament of the Virgin Islands met for the second time on Wednesday November 25, 2015 in its Second Sitting of its First Session. Here, First District ReprsentativeHon Andrew A. Fahie and Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Ingrid A. Moses pose with the Youth Parliamentarians. Photo: Team of Reporters
While many may not remember this is not the first time there has been a Youth Parliament set up in the Virgin Islands according to former Minister for Education and Culture Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) standing with Youth Parliamentarian Chezley L. D. Stoddard, [Youth Parliament] Representative for the First District. Photo: Team of Reporters
While many may not remember this is not the first time there has been a Youth Parliament set up in the Virgin Islands according to former Minister for Education and Culture Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) standing with Youth Parliamentarian Chezley L. D. Stoddard, [Youth Parliament] Representative for the First District. Photo: Team of Reporters
At its second meeting this time in the House of Assembly’s (HoA) chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands capital city, carried live on radio and television the 13 youths representing a district along with four Territorial At-Large and trying to mirror the real HOA, the young people debated the topic of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Photo: VINO/File
At its second meeting this time in the House of Assembly’s (HoA) chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands capital city, carried live on radio and television the 13 youths representing a district along with four Territorial At-Large and trying to mirror the real HOA, the young people debated the topic of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The reestablished Youth Parliament of the Virgin Islands met for the second time on Wednesday November 25, 2015 in its Second Sitting of its First Session.

While many may not remember this is not the first time there has been a Youth Parliament set up in the Virgin Islands according to former Minister for Education and Culture Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Honourable Fahie in a brief but exclusive interview confirmed that this is simply a reestablishment of the Youth Parliament, a programme he fully supports.

Today the Youth Parliament is up and running again with new support from the Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Ingrid A. Moses and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn among other members of the House of Assembly.

NHI finds support

At its second meeting this time in the House of Assembly’s (HoA) chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands capital city, carried live on radio and television the 13 youths representing a district along with four Territorial At-Large and trying to mirror the real HOA, the young people debated the topic of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.

The NHI is scheduled to take effect in January 2016. Most of the Youth Parliamentarians between the ages of 15 - 29 were in support of the Government programme to bring health insurance to all residents.

The Youth Parliament Premier Sonniel O. Pickering who became the chief spokesperson for the Programme articulated at length what he saw as the benefits and claimed that without basic health care the entire Virgin Islands is at risk.

Chezley L. D. Stoddard who in the Youth Parliament is the Representative for the First District also supports the Programme. He told his colleagues in the Parliament on Wednesday November 25, 2015 after the session got on the way a little after 4:00 PM that, “it is a system that secures you for a lifetime and designed to help beneficiaries get access to preventative and medical services without much hassle.”

The Youth Parliament member went on to argue that “such coverage includes general and specialized doctor visits, preventative care visits, most surgeries, Intensive & emergency care, Pharmaceutical drug services, mental health care, Dental care, vision care and laboratory tests and which person in this territory wouldn’t want that Madam Speaker."

Opponent to NHI

The Youth Parliament Members who opposed the programme said it could cripple the Territory and the programme can go bankrupt within a couple of years.

The next topic to be debated by the group of want-to-be elected representatives will be Pari-mutuel Wagering at Ellis Thomas Downs.

23 Responses to “VI Youth Parliament meets for the 2nd time ”

  • vex (28/11/2015, 18:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice!
    • HMPH (aka Socal Comantater) (29/11/2015, 08:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      NHI gona be bad for bvi - to expencive an no much choice
      • Awesome! (29/11/2015, 12:10) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        And in the interest of an intelligent discussion let's further stop with the nonsense of labelling those opposed to NHI as just VIP haters
  • who is who (28/11/2015, 18:22) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good to go! Tis time Fahie set the record straight as mvw thinks the BVI was credited in 2011 trying to fool we like he did so much BAM. Congrats to the Youth I listened on radio excellent job you all have a bright future once the NDP do not finish killing the country
  • good job (28/11/2015, 18:30) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job youths
  • Excellent (28/11/2015, 18:32) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    This was excellent. Only disappointment being not many elected officials attended in support of our youth. That's bad.
    • @ excellent (28/11/2015, 19:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fahie was there that was it!
    • wize up (29/11/2015, 04:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ excellent: don't worry time longer than twine: those youth will soon replace the old school guard
    • BROWNE (29/11/2015, 09:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they was election time you would have seen them they do not have no use for them now I hope they learn from this.
      • UK student (29/11/2015, 11:32) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        you can say that again they all up in england partyng on our tax dollars and doing high fives...
        • Only in the BVI (29/11/2015, 15:58) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
          The NDP and their bloggers do not care about the youths or the pain and trauma of others as long as they think they can get a political ticket from a situation which will aid then on their way to reelection in 2019. Pathetic
  • vip (28/11/2015, 18:44) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Go chesley
  • wize up (28/11/2015, 19:42) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am proud to know that there is generation upcoming that will bridge the gap: I am proud to know that there is hope for our territory: job well done youth parliament (thank you for making the VI proud)
  • youths (28/11/2015, 19:56) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel great and proud. I was able to listen not in full but you all did a great job. Let's continue to encourage them.
  • bvi (28/11/2015, 20:14) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    While the majoriry of the speakers did very well, I heard one young lady struggling with simple words. I dont know the young lady, but it was very embarrassing for me as a bv islander seeing that it was being broadcasted live
    • wize up (29/11/2015, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ BVI: big !uck deal as if you can do any better; topical nigga sits on the fence and criticize everything.. some of our young people up and down on these scooters day after day doing dumb stuff here we have a group of youth doing the positive and you chatting @$& bout embarrassing you: since you so bright call the department of youth affairs and contribute towards the betterment of our territory ( or just sit to !uck down)
  • well done (28/11/2015, 22:04) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    as I listened to these youth I must say I was very impressed by theses youngsters, for they did a much better job at this debate, than our elected members of parliament, well spoken and articulate, imagine I have never listened to the government debate, but I stayed up listerning to the youths, the future leaders of this territory....
  • pat (29/11/2015, 07:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job to the young people the furture is bright!
  • voiceofthevoiceless (29/11/2015, 09:52) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would like to listen to this debate in its entirety but I did get some excerpts of it on ZBVI News and a young lady was giving true examples of the incompetency at the Hospital were either misdiagnosed or wrongly medicated that led to their death or worsening conditions. When you give life/death examples like that it evokes so many emotions; anger, fear, sadness. She stated that the Government needed to first address the inadequacies and incompetency at the current hospital before they implement the NHI. The Cart before the Horse mentality. Such an important point that some of the detractors are afraid to address because they are wary about offending the local doctors and nurses at the hospital. I recall Andrew Fahie in the HOA saying that he was afraid to go to the hospital for an injection for fear of not coming out alive and Dr. Pickering quickly interjected to defend his colleagues. How long will we continue to ignore the incompetence? How many more must die before we call a spade a spade?

    Yet another shortcoming of this NHI.
  • Thanks (29/11/2015, 11:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for the coverage VINO outside of the BVI Beacon i read it no where else
  • Reply (29/11/2015, 12:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    May as well stop talking about problems that have no solutions in a free society and put our collective energy into solving problems that have solutions. Economic problems, climate and energy problems, health problems. Let's move on.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (29/11/2015, 13:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ reply

      "Economic problems, climate and energy problems, health problems. Let's move on".

      Really? So what you think the NHI is about? I do not see more serious an issue than your health insurance coverage. I do not see more serious an issue when a Government mandates you to sign up for the NHI knowing very well that mot can ill afford two insurances. Now that means that you most likely would have to access the local health care service that is ill equipped and lacks the capability or competency to handle such an influx.

      I know of several instances where people lost their lives or almost lost their lives due to the incompetence of the local health care service in particular the hospital. Some threaten litigation and settle their claims outside of court while others just let it go and move on like you suggested. I could tell you an instance where a youngster was given a wrong dosage of medication where he had serious adverse reactions and almost died as a result. One google of the medication I was able to determine that the dosage was incorrect as it was the dosage that was recommended for an adult. The Doctor tried to sweep it under the rug saying it was a mistake and begged the parent to keep it hush hush. She moved on.

      I am sure you are aware that the NHI could well be an economic problem too, however the more serious implication is that of a life and death.
  • Ideal (29/11/2015, 17:22) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Seems like we're training a bunch of youths to do what those in HOA already doing.


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