by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The impact of COVID-19 has far-reaching implications that experts predict will still affect the world even after it reaches endemic status similar to that of influenza.
Putting a price on the overall impact or COVID-19, both direct and indirect, is near impossible; the blow to health care systems, education, tourism, entertainment, and countries’ general economic landscape, especially in small and developing nations seems insurmountable.
However, during his latest press conference, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris reported on the direct spend St. Kitts and Nevis’ government has made so far since the start of the pandemic.
“The federal government has so far spent $18.4 million since March 2020 to procure equipment, additional manpower, including the costs of Cuban and Filipino Medical Brigades, other physicians and specialist support, pharmaceuticals, particularly vaccines. Funds were also spent to procure vehicles, retrofit wards and health centres, to rent quarantine facilities, and to provide testing support. An additional $5 million was just recently approved by the cabinet for the Ministry of Health to continue its fight against the COVID-19 to the end of the year. This budgeted expenditure then will be in excess of $23 million,” said Dr Harris.
COVID-19 is going nowhere anytime soon, so we could expect this spending to increase further in the future.