PM Drew Unveils Plans for Health Tourism, “Health City” Development

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Minister with responsibility for Health, Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, has revealed ambitious plans to promote health tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Speaking passionately about the potential benefits during The Roundtable media briefing, the prime minister announced the creation of a groundbreaking “Health City” development that will be located near Ross University.

“We want health tourism. We are going to create a Health City,” Dr. Drew announced.

The envisioned Health City will become a major hub for health tourism in the region. It has been pitched that it will attract clients from both within the region and internationally.

Prime Minister Drew emphasised the importance of accessibility to advanced healthcare services. He said with the development of this zone, those residing in the Federation will also enjoy the benefits of access to world-class medical services.

“The medical city, we want [it] to become an area where health tourism can be pursued. For example, we can have patients St. Eustatius and Anguilla and so forth, who can come into St. Kitts and be able to access our services”, the prime minister explained.

The prime minister also outlined several initiatives his administration has prioritised that are aimed at bolstering the country’s healthcare infrastructure. These include the introduction of specialised surgeries, the acquisition of new medical equipment, the recruitment of medical specialists who have been attached to the Joseph N. France Hospital, and the overall enhancement and accreditation of healthcare facilities.

“That is why we are talking about kidney transplants and a new MRI system, new CT scan system, more specialists at the hospital, upgrading and becoming an accredited institution”, he said.

Drew underscored the government’s primary objective to ensure the delivery of premier healthcare services to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Additionally, he highlighted the economic benefits of health tourism as it will serve as a catalyst for job creation and economic growth.

“So all that is to make sure we provide, first and foremost, improved healthcare for our people and secondly, be able to really extend that service to those who are not from St. Kitts and Nevis ”, he added.

The announcement has generated excitement and optimism in the public domain as many are expressing hope that the Health City will elevate the country’s healthcare standards and also position the Federation as a premier destination for medical tourism in the Caribbean.

As plans for the Health City take shape, Prime Minister Drew reaffirmed his commitment to advancing the nation’s healthcare sector and reiterated his vision of a healthier, more prosperous future for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

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