Prime Minister Dr. Drew briefs the nation on important national issues during his first press conference – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 17, 2022 (SKNIS) – The Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Honorable Dr. Terrance Drew, held his first press conference earlier today, Monday, October 17, 2022, during which he briefed citizens and residents considerable progress made by his Labor Party of Saint Kitts and Nevis. -led by the administration to provide a new day and a better way for the people.
The Honorable Prime Minister was supported at the press conference by the full list of Cabinet Ministers, including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Dr Geoffrey Hanley; the Right Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas; Honorable Konris Maynard; the Attorney General, the Honorable Garth Wilkin; the Honorable Marsha Henderson; the Honorable Samal Duggins; Senator The Honorable Dr. Joyelle Clarke and Senator The Honorable Isalean Phillip, all of whom provided updates on business within their respective departments.
In his opening statement, the Prime Minister commented on a number of positive developments in areas such as health care delivery, education, social services and international relations since his Cabinet was sworn in there. a little over two months old.
On the issue of health care, the Prime Minister, Dr Drew, who is also the minister responsible for health, indicated that the government has started to take important steps to overhaul the health sector in the Federation.
He said, “We promised an effective system, a system that responds effectively to the growing needs and demands of our people; a system that is rewarding for all stakeholders – first the patients, who are you the locals, the nurses, the doctors, the auxiliary staff including the cleaners… and all those who work on behalf of our health system to deliver you the people of St. Saint Kitts and Nevis. As such, your government has approved financial assistance for children in need of medical assistance abroad. We had the first child benefiting from this initiative on Saturday, October 15, 2022, to go to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados to undergo 10 months of chemotherapy and further medical treatment.
Shortly after taking office, the government purchased a new MRI machine for JNF General Hospital, making the service affordable and more accessible to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Prime Minister Dr Drew also noted that the government has also begun work to strengthen and improve the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) scheme.
“We have begun consultations with various stakeholders and the law provides for the establishment of certain committees to oversee the process. Your government will put in place strengthened legislative and administrative structures to prevent the downgrading of our system and ensure that it remains strong, viable, open and transparent. This industry is critical to the development of St. Kitts and Nevis, but we need to make sure we continue to build it and get it right,” Dr Drew said.
Prime Minister Dr Drew assured the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis that his government will continue to operate under the principles of transparency, integrity, openness and accountability.