October 15, 2021
St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release): In the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus, globally diplomacy has assisted the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in securing much-needed resources. On October 13, 2021, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris accepted the donation of the first of two field hospitals and other equipment (vehicles and computers) from the US Government.
“We are extremely grateful to the USA for their generosity, in its various forms-as we increase national capacity. However, I must focus on the Field Hospitals which are extremely significant donations. I am informed that a field hospital is a temporary hospital where emergency health services can be provided in the short and medium-term to victims injured in epidemics, war and natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. This field hospital will certainly be utilised as the need arises to address any disaster we experience as we exist in a multi-hazard environment. This donation is timely because as everyone is aware we are in the middle of the COVID pandemic and we have adopted a life-first strategy in the fight. We have said that we will do all within our power to prevent our health system from being overwhelmed,” said Prime Minister Harris.
The field hospitals will greatly assist in the fight against COVID-19 by strengthening the health infrastructure already in place. Prime Minister Harris described the 40-bed field hospital as a critical tool, noting that field hospitals have been used around the world in times of crisis over the years and will indeed be a benefit to the Federation.
Staff Writer, CARICOM
October 14, 2021