Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 16, 2021 (SKNIS): The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis continues to increase the capacity and resiliency of the health sector to meet the potential challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
At the July 14, 2021 briefing by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), Chairman of the National COVID-19 Task Force, Abdias Samuel, indicated that the Federation will receive two field hospitals at the end of August this year.
Each field hospital can house up to 40 beds. One of the field hospitals will be based in St. Kitts while the other will be based in Nevis. The facilities will supplement the bed capacity at the COVID-19 ward at the Joseph N. France General Hospital in St. Kitts and the COVID-19 Unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis.
The field hospitals were acquired through the Humanitarian Assistance Programme of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). According to the website southcom.mil the field hospitals are equipped with generators and air conditioning equipment.
The twin-island Federation has registered a total of 31 COVID-19-related hospitalizations according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health. However, all patients have now been discharged.
Health experts around the world have warned that the deadly virus will be around for some time.