Nevis Ministry of Health plans new health centre, poly-clinic, CT Scanner

Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration delivers her presentation during the Budget Debate in the Nevis Island Assembly on December 9.
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CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — Despite financial constraints, the government plans to undertake several health care projects in 2021, according to the Honourable. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).

Hon. Brandy-Williams unveiled the prospective projects during the 2020 Budget Debate in the Nevis Island Assembly on December 9. She pointed out however, that 2021 will continue to be a financially challenging year.

“Providing that funding is available, this is what we hope to see from the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs in the new year,” said Mrs. Brandy-Williams. “We endeavour to start the process for a new Charlestown Health Centre, and in year one, we are looking at consulting with the people, drawing the plans, engaging the engineers, and so we have budgeted an amount to take care of that in the first year.

“We will continue to seek funding and collaborate with any funding agencies for a state-of-the-art poly-clinic in Gingerland,” she said. “The proposal was done this year, so we go to the next step to try and see if we can find funding for that facility.”

Mrs. Brandy-Williams emphasized that these projects will be undertaken in phases.

“It’s a phased approach, one year we do one thing, and then the second year, until we get it done. We don’t have unlimited financing and so like anything else, you have to budget,” she said.

Mrs. Brandy-Williams revealed the NIA’s plan to purchase a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, which will cost approximately US $1.2 million.

She said in the first quarter of 2021 the government is hoping to make the initial down payment on the piece of medical equipment, and has already secured the resources for that payment.

Mrs. Brandy-Williams said the Ministry of Health intends to continue on-the-job training for staff at the island’s medical facilities, which include an initiative involving health professionals from large, busy institutions visiting local facilities to observe healthcare workers on the job. Staff from the Nevis facilities would then visit those institutions to gain experience working in fast-paced medical facilities which treat a greater variety of health issues.

“We are looking at [this] new initiative as part of the rebranding of health service and service at Alexandra [Hospital],” concluded Mrs. Brandy-Williams. “All this is being put in place so when the new facility is done our people are ready to give the top-notch service that we expect of them.”

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