Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party announced a huge investment which will be taken place for the people of the country if they get elected on January 18. In their manifesto, ABLP highlighted a number of investments in health sectors, education and many more.
Plans of Investment of Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party government:
For the ABLP, the people of Antigua and Barbuda always come first. While the ABLP’s policies are inclusive and do not discriminate negatively against any section of society, the poor and vulnerable receive special attention.
The ABLP knows well that the routes out of poverty and deprivation are good education and good health. That is why the ABLP administration, led by Gaston Browne, has invested heavily in education and health, making facilities accessible by all.
Critically important to the knowledge base and intellectual expression of a people is a university, particularly one located within the country. Such a university can be more easily attended. It is less costly, and committed students can pursue a degree while still earning a living by part-time work.
The ABLP government recently successfully negotiated a loan of $216 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia specifically for the Five Islands Campus. That money assures the continued physical build out and equipping of the campus as well as its capacity to educate our people to a higher level.
The ABLP knows that it is a matter of great pride to the people of Antigua and Barbuda that our country has a university at last. The ABLP wants to satisfy the ambition of every family to have at least one University graduate before 2030.
To feed the University student body with undergraduates of excellence, since 2014 the ABLP administration has built out the secondary school infrastructure number of Barbuda, the classrooms has doubled over the last eight years. Practically all but two secondary schools have been expanded and a new Academy built.
INTEGRATION OF CENTRES OF HIGHER LEARNING WITH UWI FIVE ISLAND CAMPUS
All the institutions of higher learning will be integrated with the UWI Five Islands Campus. These institutions include Antigua State College, Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute, and Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology.
The point of this is to ensure rapid growth in the number of citizens and residents with formal tertiary qualifications.
NO LIMIT TO AMBITION
The ABLP operates on the position that no one should limit their ambition. Everyone should pitch for the stars. That is how we reach the next higher levels, attaining improvement and development that benefits all.
To help our people to achieve the highest level of education and knowledge, the Gaston Browne ABLP administration Invested EC$240 the ABLP will continue and expand in the future.
Convinced that no one is ever too old to learn, and that missed opportunities can be seized anew, the ABLP government has also “its second chance” introduced programme, permitting anyone to acquire the certification necessary to enter university and emerge with a degree, million over the last eight years in scholarship grants. It is a programme
HEALTH INVESTMENT FOR PEOPLE
Regarding health, ABLP government has invested heavily and steadily in health care. The Sir Lester Bird Medical Facility is fully equipped with modern and Centre, technology qualified staff. The number of beds per 1,000 persons of our population has increased to 3, surpassing the capacity of many other developing countries worldwide. When two field hospitals, which are in the government’s possession, are added,the number of beds per 1,000 persons rises to 4 should there be any need.
ABLP administration also developed the Infectious Diseases constructed during the manage COVID-19 pandemic, for future epidemics and pandemics. A new hospital facility was established at Nugent Avenue, and two new Polyclinics have been built to serve immediate and expanded health needs.
NEW RENAL AND CARDIAC UNITS
A renal unit for kidney patients is now being constructed at the old Holberton Hospital site, and a cardiac unit will be built at the Medical Centre to provide pacemakers, stents, and other non-invasive heart treatments.
The ABLP’s ambition is to pursue heart and liver transplants in the
future. The establishment of the renal unit is being driven by the increasing number of persons with kidney disease. While dialysis maintains life, it is not a sustainable solution. Kidney transplantation offers a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. To increase access to kidney transplants, the ABLP government will expand the living-donor programme and explore kidney donations from persons who consent to do so in the event of their death.
These facilities are being provided at no cost to any patient. The ABLP regards health care as a public good and a right. Investment in health is investment in people. And people come first.