(PRESS RELEASE) – Medical internist, Dr Terrance Drew, who has emerged as the national advocate in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in St Kitts and Nevis said Monday he is not surprised at the seven confirmed cases in the twin-island Federation.
He again called for virgorus testing pointing out that the cost of spending EC$1 million is small compared to the number of lives that would be saved.
“This is the epidemiological course that is expected. In other words the virus is running its course.We should reinforce these simple but life saving measures of social distancing, good hygiene and a healthy life style,” said Dr Drew, who encouraged all residents of St Kitts and Nevis “to respect the curfew, stay at home and use the down time wisely.”
Dr Drew praised the frontline workers and called for “a plan of universal testing and isolation of those who are infected. This can only be done if we test, test and test as advised by the World Health Organization.”
He said although universal testing will cost the country about EC$1 million with the involvement of the private labs, “it is a small cost when compared to the number of lives that would be saved.”
Dr Drew again called on the Timothy Harris-led Government for a separate isolation area along with an separate critical care area, suggesting that the buildings which comprised of the old JNF Hospital “could have been renovated for this purpose or any other area away from our main hospital.”
It is said that the Private Ward at the J N France Hospital has been turned into the critical care unit for persons infected with the COVID-19 virus. (This writer notes that the Maternity Ward, Medical Ward and the Children’s Ward are adjacent to the Private Ward.)
“The fear is that if JNF Hospital becomes contaminated it would have far reaching negative consequences,” said Dr Drew in a FaceBook posting.
He paid tribute to the frontline workers. “We say thanks. Let’s show them gratitude. They are putting themselves and their families at risk for the sake of their country.”
“Let us brace ourselves over the next few weeks as a country, be there for each other and look out for the elderly, shut-ins, the differently-abled, etc, Stay calm and informed we will all get through this together,” he articulated.
Dr Drew studied medicine and graduated with first class Honors from Institute Superior De Ciencas Medicas in Santa Clara, Cuba and in Internal Medicine at the Paul Foster School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the American College of Medicine and American Medical Association.