by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge has expressed concern over the state of health care on the island of Nevis.
During the radio programme, “Your Voice with the NRP” on VON Radio, Dr. Daniel-Hodge spoke about healthcare on Nevis and the way forward with an NRP led Nevis Island Administration.
The NRP Leader said the Alexandra Hospital has been serving the people over the course of time, but pointed to the facility’s lack of necessary equipment. She recalled traffic accidents happening on Nevis and the injured being transported to St. Kitts for an MRI, among other things.
Dr. Daniel-Hodge also addressed the need for equipment to assist persons with renal failure.
“You also have a number of persons who would have died from kidney failure and we know that kidney failure is a relatively common occurrence. It is an area where we should really invest to ensure that our people can have access to the type of care that they need.”
In 2012, then Minister of Health the Hon. Hensley Daniel negotiated for the procurement of a Dialysis Unit which came at a cost of US$214,000. Dr. Daniel-Hodge claims that the Dialysis Unit was never used.
“Had we installed the dialysis machine when it was here in the first instance, by now, we would have been so advanced with regards to the necessary treatment, the necessary networking and having relationships with other hospitals, that it would have been much easier I am certain, for those persons who have to deal with that issue.”
Dr. Daniel-Hodge gave the assurance that under an NRP Government, MRI equipment and dialysis treatment will be the first areas of focus.
In addition, Dr. Daniel-Hodge, agreed with the sentiments of the NRP candidate for Nevis 3 Mr. Rohan Isles, who has emphasised and spoke about the need for decentralising health care on Nevis.
“Why put everything in one area, when we know for example, whether it’s Gingerland or St. James’, sometimes by [the] time the ambulance gets you over there to bring you back, you’re losing critical, precious moments. So, there are certain medical services that we feel can be decentralised.”
In speaking with WINN’s news team the NRP leader said that through more collaboration and sharing of ideas the Medical University of the Americas on the island can benefit the community and the people of Nevis.