Minister Phipps lauds government for improving community health care
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Minister of State with responsibility for Health the Honourable Wendy Phipps told those attending the “People’s Forum” town hall meeting March 6 at the Sandy Point Community Centre that the Team Unity government should be lauded for its achievements in improving community based health care.
“In three short years, your government has been able to make significant strides in terms of improving the health outcomes, the provision of health related services for the benefit of our people,” she said as she announced that the Pogson Hospital in Sandy Point will now be the home to the national hub for an In-Service Training and Capacity Building Programme to improve the community health nursing and medical programmes in the federation.
Minister Phipps stressed the importance of the government and the people coming together to address national health concerns and said that “if we are accepting the fact that we have a problem with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), by extension, it means we have to do more by going into the communities to find people where they are, find them where they live and have them checked.”
The minister also highlighted some noteworthy achievements of the government over the past three years. She lauded the Ministry of Health for its achievement in Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis validation, as well as the addition of a new CT scan and MRI services with the help of private sector partnership. She further commended the government for its commitment to the improvement of community based health care services with the renovation of the Mary Charles Hospital in Molineux and the opening of the Dr. Arthur W. Lake Mental Health Day Treatment Centre at Limekiln.