Anegada and Jost Van Dyke will soon have the physical presence of a physician on island for a few days each week, available for 24 hours.
Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie
made the announcement yesterday, May 26, during a press conference.
He said, “I am happy to report that starting this Friday there will be a doctor present at the station on our sister island of Anegada starting from Friday and going into three to four days of 24-hour service. We intend to make sure that this continues for the seven days in the week, but this is a good start as this is something that most administrations had found a challenge to make sure that they fulfill.”
The Premier stated that a similar arrangement will be extended to Jost Van Dyke.
“This will also be extended within a month’s time to the island of Jost Van Dyke. It is time our sister islands do have a doctor on island 24-hours a day, and while we are just starting with three to four days of 24 hours, it is indeed a step in the right direction,” he remarked.
said, residents of these islands have not had the regular services of a doctor and “Your government has taken the decisive step to correct this situation.”
He added: “This is good news for our sister islands. Your government continues to try to stretch our limited resources to make sure the needs of our people are taken cared of during this worse pandemic during the last 100 years and to balance lives and livelihoods.”