St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew announced the procurement of 15 dialysis machines to enhance the operations at the Joseph N France General Hospital of St Kitts and Nevis on Friday. He also declared the appointment of three medical specialists at the hospital.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Charles Estridge, a national residing in Canada, in collaboration with Gareth Payne has donated the machines to the government of St Kitts and Nevis.
PM Terrance Drew took to Facebook to share glimpses of the machines. He reiterated his commitment to strengthening and offering advanced health care service to the people of St Kitts and Nevis. He said, “As we continue to enhance the medical services at the Joseph N. France (JNF) General Hospital, the Government of St Kitts and Nevis has now procured fifteen dialysis machines that will greatly benefit the people of the Federation.”
PM Drew hosted a brief ceremony and presented the machines to the Ministry of Health at JNF General Hospital. He said that the acquisition of the machines marked the fulfilment of the promises made during the 2022 elections. He also shed light on the significance of medical equipment for advancing the healthcare system in the country.
PM Terrance Drew noted, “The machines were presented to the Ministry of Health during a brief ceremony held at the JNF General Hospital earlier this morning. This forms part of our administration’s mandate to improve the delivery of healthcare services in St Kitts and Nevis.”
The treatment of kidney failure is known as the Dialysis. Hence, the machine helps to remove blood from the body, which gets restricted during kidney failure and further filter it through a dialyzer or an artificial kidney and returns the cleaned blood to the body.
While accepting the donation, PM Drew extended gratitude to all involved in making the donation possible. He said that the dialysis machines will prove to be the game changer for the health sector of St Kitts and Nevis by assisting in strengthening the footprints of the country in gaining international accreditation across its health institutions.
“As we continue to strive for accreditation, I want to ask our esteemed healthcare workers to continue to put in the hard work they are putting in. At the end of the day, we are from St Kitts and Nevis. Our people need us; they need our care, our compassion, our expertise and they are also expecting high level of quality care which we must always seek to improve and never compromise on,” Dr. Drew said.