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CARPHA Executive Director discusses regional public health with PM Drew


St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – “Caribbean people have to live, work and play safely with COVID-19,” according to Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr Joy St. John, as she met with Prime Minister Hon. Dr Terrance Drew on January 11.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Drew shared that he met with the Executive Director of the CARPHA, Dr St. John, and Dr Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer of St. Kitts and Nevis and was updated on regional general public health matters focusing on COVID-19. 

Dr Drew further wrote, “I shared my perspective in relation to the containment of respiratory infectious diseases and other public health concerns according to scientific evidence, to which Dr St. John expressed her satisfaction.”

Dr St. John said she felt that St. Kitts and Nevis is very lucky to have the Minister of Health as the Head of Government.

Meanwhile, the government is asking the general public to be vigilant as the region is in the 2022-2023 flu season (November 2022 – March 2023).

Health officials have concerns over the global and regional spread of Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and the XBB.1.5 which is another offshoot of the globally-dominant Omicron Covid variant.


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