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On Tuesday when the LDS National Assembly was wasting time of government officials amid a national emergency, the President was on Praslin and La Digue assessing for himself, the situation over there.

“After twelve years of hard work, we must be ready to face the economic crisis that is coming, worse than what we went through in 2008,” he said during his visit.
He advised the population on the measures and precautions they can take to keep them, their family and the community safe, which follows some economic measures he announced last Friday, to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. They are to, primarily protect the livelihood of the workers and the businesses which is engine of the national economy.
But for him and his government to be able to navigate this rough sea, it is rather important that people show understanding, solidarity and discipline.
An office will open on both islands to provide information on measures in place, the guidelines that need to be followed, and provide any clarifications.
On La Digue, the President met with the vice-president of the La Digue Business Association, Mr. Robert Pool, who briefed the President on the reality facing citizens and businesses on the island. Mr. Pool also thanked the president for the economic measures in place that would safeguard wellbeing and economic activity.
President Faure also visited the Logan Hospital and spoke to the Nurse in Charge, Ms Maria Cousin. She outlined the preparations that the hospital has made. The President thanked her and all the health professionals for their dedication and hard work during the crisis.
On Praslin he met with the Chairman of the Praslin Business Association, Mr. Christopher Gill. They discussed the difficult situation facing Seychelles and Mr. Gill assured the President that the association’s support to stabilize the country’s economy. He also made some suggestions of further economic measures that President Faure could consider putting in place, and some of the more specific needs of the Praslin community.
At the Baie Ste Anne Hospital the President met with the nursing manager Ms Myra Ernesta, who described the ongoing training for health professionals and the rapid response system in place.
He also met with Mr. William Rose at the Baie Ste Anne jetty who was able to share his first-hand experience of the effects of the pandemic so far.