Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris pictured with Mr. Haynes of Haynes and Associates, the main contractor on the St. Peter's Health Facility project.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Team Unity-led Government of St. Kitts and Nevis broke ground today to signal the commencement of construction on the brand new state-of-the-art health centre in St. Peter’s.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, while addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, said the start of construction on this model facility comes at a pivotal time when the entire world continues to grapple with the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every day, we are being reminded as a country, but most importantly being reminded as citizens of the global community, that this is a challenging period in all of history,” said the Honourable Dr. Harris. “We are faced with one of the most significant crisis, pandemics ever witnessed in the last 100-plus years. Yet in the face of it we have to find a way to move forward carefully and thoughtfully, being resilient, being innovative in the context of a pandemic that has reordered the world and has changed the stability of the world order.”

Minister of Health, the Hon. Akilah Byron-Nisbett poses with nurses at the site for the new St. Peter’s Health Centre.

The prime minister added that the realization of this project represents the commitment of his Team Unity administration towards the advancement of healthcare delivery in St. Kitts and Nevis.

“Here in St. Kitts and Nevis, faced with this background, the Unity Government is reaffirming its commitment to healthcare as part of the delivery of the stronger and safer future which we promised to every citizen and resident in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Hon. Dr. Harris.

“Health matters and the government is committed to do all in its power to preserve the public health system in St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said. “Today’s ground-breaking ceremony, signals a committed of millions of dollars to the health infrastructure. Through the delivery of health services, speaks as a strong testimony to the government’s commitment.

In June, the government opened the Sylvia Garnette Primary Health Care Facility in Tabernacle. It has been providing high quality services to the people of Tabernacle and the surrounding communities.