St Kitts and Nevis receives 2 field hospitals from US

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St Kitts and Nevis: The United States government has donated two field hospitals that contain 40 beds, one to each island of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The beds were gifted in during a handover ceremony on October 13. The U.S. Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis – Linda Taglialatela, joined Prime Minister Timothy Harris virtually for the handover ceremony.

Ambassador Taglialatela asserted that “We know that the medical beds of these two field hospitals will help you continue your model management of COVID-19. The US would continue to stand with you to ensure our shared health and prosperity.”

This will help the twin-island to deploy first responders and medical personnel quickly to where they are needed.

The donation was made possible via – the U.S. military’s U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Prime Minister Harris has appreciated and thanked the United States for the donation.

He cited that, “We have seen that the United States of America, the government there has emerged as a significant partner to us in the fight against the pandemic.”

“I am delighted to participate in the historic handing over of this field hospital, an important first in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. And I’m equally delighted another hospital will too be commissioned on the island of Nevis.”

In addition to the two field hospitals, the U.S. donation also included two vans and technology equipment for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and a van and forklift for the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD). These donations are worth US$1.3 million, which will assist respond to the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

Apart from this, U.S., in collaboration with UNICEF Guyana and Suriname, donated ten tents to – Guyana’s National COVID-19 Response. These fully branded (20X20) tents are worth – G.Y. $13 Million and were received by the Health Minister – Dr Frank Anthony, at his Brickdam office.