SKN closer to new general hospital following O&A signing ceremony

Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew has positioned the nation a step closer to the construction of a new climate smart hospital with the signing of the Offer and Acceptance on 2nd May. 2024. 

The agreement between Prime Minister Drew on behalf of the government and Hsiao Yun Yeh, President of the Overseas Engineering and Construction Company (OECC), took place in front of members of the federal cabinet. They were joined by Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis, H. E. Michael Lin, Special Advisor to the Government, H. E. Leon Natta-Nelson.

During his presentation in the National Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Drew noted that the agreement formed “part of the commitment by this Labour Administration is to build a brand new hospital,” adding that “…the basis for that hospital is because we are dealing with the scourge of climate change.”

Many of the initiatives the Drew administration is advancing bear the signature of being developed with impacts of climate change in mind. 

Projects including the new hospital, initiatives to diversify the nation’s economy, revamping the national water supply, the development of the agricultural sector and more, all are being developed in a way that ensures that these projects can withstand the threats climate change poses to small and developing island states like St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Prime Minister Drew has also declared that the new hospital will continue to bear the name of National Hero, Sir Joseph Nathaniel France, for whom the existing general hospital is presently named.

The new climate smart hospital will be located in Camps opposite the Ross University and will eventually form an important part of the Health City that is to be developed in the area surrounding it.

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