Alderney's president praises hard work of public servants
PUBLIC servants are making heroic efforts to keep Alderney safe, States of Alderney President William Tate has said.
So far there have been no cases of coronavirus in Alderney, which is home to around 2,000 people. But the impact of the virus has been felt there, with flights being drastically reduced.
Mr Tate said said he was privileged to see the work of the Alderney team, who are being led by chief executive Andrew Muter.
'I would like to take a moment to highlight the heroic efforts of those committed public servants who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe,' he said.
'From the unstinting efforts of our medical professionals, led by the ever cool headed Sally, our pharmacist Paul, through each of our emergency response teams, our airport and harbour offices, the police and border agency.
'Each and every one of these highly committed professionals are working seven days a week, long hours in the most challenging of conditions. Although they have practiced for such an eventuality, nobody can contemplate how they will respond until faced with the stark reality.'
Mr Muter has been leading the efforts. Mr Tate said Mr Muter had been inspiring confidence and respect in his team.
'Personally I am amazed on a daily basis for his capacity to calmly deal with whatever the day throws at him, never giving a hint of not being in complete control,' Mr Tate said.
'We are privileged to have him at the controls at such a challenging time. All this while keeping the island running on a day to day basis. He is ably supported by his team of Sue, Laura, Sally and Elizabeth. How so few can achieve so much has to be seen to be believed. I stand in awe.'
There is a daily operational meeting to look at how Alderney tackles that day's development.
'It is only a great shame that not everybody can witness this process unfolding,' Mr Tate said.
'I have written these words because it is not only important that the whole community is aware of the efforts and sacrifices that are being made on our behalf, but also because everyone involved in keeping us safe is entitled to the thanks and respect for their efforts.'
'The community is our inspiration. We will not let you down.'