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St Kitts: PM Terrance Drew addresses forum of Voice of South Summit 2023

St Kitts and Nevis: The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, on January 13, 2023, addressed the Voice of South Summit Session (India) 2023 under the Ministry of Health in a virtual conference as the CARICOM's Human and Resources and Health Head.

Sunday, 7th July 2024

St Kitts: PM Terrance Drew addresses forum of Voice of South Summit 2023

St Kitts and Nevis: The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, on January 13, 2023, addressed the Voice of South Summit Session (India) 2023 under the Ministry of Health in a virtual conference as the CARICOM's Human and Resources and Health Head.

The reports have stated that the Global South cites the developing and completely developed nations around the globe, including the Sub-Region of the Caribbean and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

During the forum, Prime Minister Drew mainly centred the discussion around the topic of "Association to build a durable and resilient healthcare infrastructure and systems" while addressing the challenges that affected the healthcare services of CARICOM over the past three years.

In addition, Prime Minister Terrance Drew also extended his gratitude and respect to the Indian Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi, in the name of the entire Community of the Caribbean regions, especially for the support and generosity shown by the Indian government during a hard time of Covid-19 pandemic.

In his remarks, PM Drew added, "We extend our deepest regards and thankfulness to the Indian government for its helpful offering of 570,000 doses of the COVISHEILD COVID-19 vaccines (Astra Zeneca Oxford University) to CARICOM.

Along with the benefaction of 20,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccines and a total sum of 400,000USD value of essential medical supplies in 2020 and 2021". Furthermore, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew has been working closely with the CARPHA, Caribbean Public Health Agency, as the Human Resources and Health department lead.

The leadership has led the way in response towards the COVID-19 pandemic implementing the strategic blueprints and pathway, also called the Phase IV of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health. Per the reports, Phase IV, also known as the CCH IV of the Caribbean Cooperation in health, is a blueprint that provides a pathway for the member states of CARICOM to address and tackle the common health challenges effectively.

During the forum, Dr Terrance Drew, Head of Human Resources and Health have pointed out a variety of challenges and impacts that the CORONAVIRUS pandemic had on the member states of the CARICOM to date, particularly in the sectors of public health, digital security, tourism, immigration and education.

As the impact of COVID-19, PM Drew stated that the students have gone through a reduced attention span and efficiency in learning and reading due to the closure of educational institutions for a long period. "It has been recognized that moving forward, the closure of schools will be the last resort for us", PM Drew added.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Terrance Drew has confirmed that "it is essential to find a balance between the execution of the right public health measures and policies to deal with the pandemic versus the economic maintenance and livelihoods in the Caribbean member states".

During the presentation at the forum, the Long COVID issue was also addressed, which refers to the conditions that occurred Post Covid-19, specifically seen in people with e probable or confirmed history of infection by COVID-19.

"There is little recorded data in the Caribbean region about the Long COVID. CMS needs to put in the techniques to reinforce surveillance, recognize, track, and treat Long COVID and continue to promote vaccination and public health measures to prevent infection.

Our experience over the past three years has underscored the importance of secure digital public goods in health, education, and business to allow virtual work, school, and health delivery impenetrable to cyber-criminal activities." Hon. Dr Terrance Drew stated.

The lead Head for Human Resources & Health CARICOM, Dr Terrance Drew, concluded his presentation in the forum with a plea to protect the workforce in the healthcare sector.

Dr Drew mentioned the importance and essence of the regional association by highlighting the challenges of human resource development, growth and management, along with the need to ensure continued health service delivery given the challenges surrounding human resource shortages experienced in the Caribbean subregion.

The PM, Terrance drew, added that "There were many hardships and lessons learned during the journey. However, we have successfully responded to the pandemic through regional associations and partnerships over the past three years. The Caribbean is now in the post-peak phase and has fully opened our borders."