String of sudden deaths should have every male in Antigua uneasy

(Antigua Newsroom) – The recent string of sudden deaths in Antigua should have every male in the country uneasy, especially since no tests are being done to advise the population of the cause of death, United Progressive Party (UPP) Chairman D. Gisele Isaac said Friday.

More than a dozen men have died suddenly in Antigua in recent weeks, the latest two on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

“I’m so concerned that I’m staying home the same way that I did in March and April,” Isaac said on Observer radio’s OBSERVER AM programme.

“If anybody thought that we were out of the woods I think the last two sudden deaths in Antigua would make that person think again — especially in the case of Mr Peters. One might argue that Mr Browne was an elderly man and so on. But I am very uneasy.

“I don’t know how any male in Antigua would not be uneasy at the string of sudden deaths of males who were in otherwise normal health. When I say normal, I am quite aware of what they call the underlying conditions, and as I keep saying, we are all sufferers of underlying conditions. Once you get to a certain age you have an underlying condition. Medical Benefits Pharmacy was instituted because of these underlying conditions and most of the population, we live with our condition. We don’t drop dead suddenly from any of them,” Isaac added.

Only yesterday, Rudolph Browne of Freetown was found dead, while the lifeless body of Eric Peters was discovered at his Browne’s Avenue home the day before.

There’s not been testing to assure the public

“I am concerned that with this string of deaths there’s not been testing to assure the public that none of this is COVID-related,” Isaac said.

“And so [with] the absence of the authorities doing that, the public is left to speculate that ‘hey, this thing is still among us.’ You know, you can’t let your guard down because just when you think it’s safe to go outside here comes two sudden deaths again.”