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Posted: Monday 18 March, 2024 at 5:56 PM

Medical team to provide vital assistance during short stint

By: Jermine Abel,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- THE Government has collaborated with the U.S. Air Force Southern Command Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team (LAMAT) and other essential partners to deliver health assistance to those in need in the Federation.


    A dedicated team of doctors and healthcare personnel has arrived in the Federation for an eight-day appointment at the Joseph N France General Hospital, where they will offer assistance to several preselected individuals in need of care.


    Dr. Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer, emphasized the Ministry of Health's commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of the people of the Federation through collaboration with regional and international partners, including the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the United States Embassy.


    Over the course of eight days, the medical team will conduct general surgery on both islands, provide ophthalmology care for individuals with cataracts and glaucoma, and offer dentistry and audiology services, with a focus on the elderly population. Dr. Laws also highlighted the opportunity for local doctors and nurses to enhance their clinical skills through the exchange of knowledge during patient care delivery.


    The team from the United States is complemented by doctors from the Republic of China (Taiwan), showcasing a partnership facilitated by the Embassy in the Federation.


    Kaye Bass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the significance of partnerships in deploying health practitioners, noting that "their willingness to share vital expertise reflects the enduring bonds of friendship and solidarity that unite our nations."


    Before arriving in the Federation, the team made stops in Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.


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