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SKN SUFFERS MIS-MANAGED HEALTHCARE, CRIME, WEAK ECONOMY AND NOW A BLOW TO EDUCATION UNDER TEAM UNITY

SKN SUFFERS MIS-MANAGED HEALTHCARE, CRIME, WEAK ECONOMY AND NOW A BLOW TO EDUCATION UNDER TEAM UNITY

Healthcare in Nevis is almost non-existent under the CCM government. Minister of Health Mark Brantley has made sure of that, as his incompetence and indifference to Nevis peoples suffering at the Alexandra Hospital has now become household knowledge on the tiny island while he trots the globe negotiating real estate sales on Nevis’ taxpayer’s time and government’s email account.

Many Nevisians have in recent times fled the Nevis hospital to get over to St. Kitts in search of better health care. However, recent reports of a power struggle between the two Team Unity Government health ministers in St. Kitts is threatening the quality of healthcare in St. Kitts as well. Reportedly, there are now two permanent secretaries for health with one functioning in the Ministry of Health and the other out of the Office of the Prime Minister. According to the former Minister of health during his recent visit to the J N France General Hospital it was “complaints and complaints, not only from patients, but also from the health care providers, who state that the health sector lacks leadership. Our people see no hope, no advancement and the group of persons that suffers the most are the patients”

 

The state of crime is often linked to healthcare. Recently, a young Brown Hill man was shot in his upper left side during an armed invasion of this home while he was in bed sleeping. (Such is life in Nevis these days under the most dangerous CCM government). Luckily he is still alive but his account of his treatment at the Alexandra Hospital is shocking. For three days he lay in that hospital being administered pain killers for a bullet lodged in his body. It was only after his mother came and angrily demanded that he be taken over to the JN France hospital that finally got operated upon relieving him of the bullet and a great build up of blood and water in his collapsed lung. Minister Mark Brantley once lived in Brown Hill, grew up and went to school with this young man. Yet he feels that because of the attitude of the Minister, and the state of the Nevis hospital, he would surely have died had he remained there.

The St. Kitts and Nevis economy is struggling and on the brink of collapse. This is so even while the TUG leads an unconvincing and comical campaign in town hall meetings and making use of newspaper advertising, touting things such as the removal of VAT from cost of food- when everyone knows that food prices have gone up in St. Kitts and Nevis since this claim; trying to justify the mess the TUG has made of the Basseterre Senior High School (BSHS) by ignoring an unbiased report which held that nothing was wrong with the former school premises.

Now after nearly two weeks since the CAPE and CESEC have returned we have had no indication from the government as to what the results are and it would appear that the TUG has yet another scandal on hand.

 

The people of St. Kitts and Nevis are in a state of shock about the reports that some students received zero marks for examination papers that were not submitted by teachers to be marked and want to know what exactly is happening, particularly the people that have an interest in the results of Basseterre High School. This is a serious matter where the lack of serious attention being to the youth in the Basseterre area will affect the entire country.

 

When our government fails or refuses to pay attention to our school aged children what we are going to see manifesting itself in our communities in Basseterre and around the country in general in five to ten years is a generation bereft of the quality of education that we ourselves would have received. We shall surely see the manifestation five years from now. Then not only will woe be unto to the students of the BHS but it would mean that the entire country would have suffered the blow of a failed generation as the cycle of mismanagement continues to have its ripple effect from lack of proper education, to crime, unemployment and poverty.

 

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