Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 10, 2018 – When the Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency David Tawei Lee, was in St. Kitts and Nevis recently he toured two important projects initiated by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP).
Mr. Lee toured the St. Kitts Eco Park – the brainchild of former St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.
He was impressed with the Eco Park which has been listed as one of the attractions of St. Kitts among the 2018 top sustainable destinations.
Officially opened on November 21, 2014, the agro-tourism facility built is a joint effort financed by the Governments of Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Project combines tourism with agricultural and educational components with views of the highest mountain Liamuiga and the Dutch islands, St Eustatius and Saba.
The St. Kitts Eco Park is the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean. The 24-metre-tall, 14,000-square-foot greenhouse hosts local plants, herbs and flowers and an array of tropical fruit trees.
The Taiwan Foreign Minister also visited the J. N. France General Hospital to view the Hospital Information System (HIS) which was initiated during the tenure of then Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd.
Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency George Gow-Wei Chiou at the handing over ceremony of the new system at the hospital in December last year noted that the Government of Taiwan has invested more than $800,000 in the project, which spans from 2014 to 2017 and that it represents the first cooperation project between the two countries that combines public health with information and communication technology.
The HIS digitalizes medical record storage in the JNF Hospital in St. Kitts and the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis.
“Patients who visit the hospitals will receive personalized health ID cards combined with the appropriate software for medical information and the doctors’ notes from the surgery or consultation can be easily edited,” said Chiou.
Information can be viewed and updated in real time by nurses as they check on patients, administer doses of medication or perform other related duties.