(PRESS RELEASE) – Former St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas has expressed thanks to an unnamed benefactor who donated a number of COVID-19 test kits that will be offered to the Ministry of Health.
Dr Douglas, himself a medical practitioner also expressed thanks to Dr Drew who worked with him on the initiative to secure the consignment, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Republic of Cuba for coming to the assistance of St Kitts and Nevis in preparation of the eventual arrival of the coronavirus.
“I am certain that the supplies and help that have been requested by his government would be delivered in terms of masks, test kits and personel that are absolutely necessary. I want to thank Taiwan for coming forward and making provisions to us to get additional kits which are critical if we are going to know early and surely what is the present situation in the country with regard to the presence or absence of the virus,” Dr Douglas said on his weekly radio programme “Ask the Leader” on Tuesday night.
He thanked the Government of St Kitts and Nevis for taking the advice of Dr Terrance Drew that was given by Dr Drew to seek the assistance of the Cuban government.
On January 27, 2020, Dr Drew issued the first of several appeals to the St Kitts and Nevis Government to reuqest assistance from Cuba for is medical personel to come to St Kitts and Nevis to assist in preparing the country for any presence of the coronavirus which had begun to spread in China and neighboring countries.
“People knowing now that we are going to get support from Taiwan and from Cuba are going to sleep better tonight just in case they were sleepless because testing seemed to be a problem and with Dr Drew getting test kits; the Cubans and Taiwanese on the ground with specialists, I want to commend the government for taking the advice that Dr Drew has given,” Dr Douglas said on the popular programme.