Statement from the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration on the commissioning of the Haemodialysis machine at the J N France Hospital in St. Kitts

The Ministry of Health of The Nevis Island Administration welcomes the opening of the Haemodialysis Unit at the Joseph N. France (JNF) Hospital. This Unit will serve residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, Permanent Secretary Nicole Slack-Liburd and other senior officers of the Ministry of Health attended the opening ceremony earlier today and toured the facility. The facility took nine years of planning, development and execution and is a joint venture between the Federal Government and the Pierrot Group of Guadeloupe.

Now that a Haemodialysis Unit is present in the Federation, persons with permanent renal failure have two options for dialysis treatment at home. Peritoneal dialysis commenced in St. Kitts/Nevis in 2003.

According to Hon. Mark Brantley, “this is an historic day for all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. After nine years, the people of the Federation now have access to this specialised care. Congratulations are in order for all who made it possible including the Federal Minister of Health, Honourable Marcella Liburd and Dr. Pierrot of the Pierrot Group.”

The Ministry of Health on Nevis is in possession of two dialysis machines and continues to explore the feasibility of establishing a Unit at the Alexandra Hospital. In so doing, the Ministry continues to consider and welcomes proposals from private sector entities so that a private/public sector partnership can be realised.

The Ministry of Health is aware that following a closed meeting with doctors and the Minister of Health on Nevis yesterday evening (September 05, 2013), certain statements have been made publicly purporting to convey decisions about Haemodialysis arising from that meeting. The general public is advised that such statements are false.

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