Health authorities of the Americas discussed many issues affecting the region’s health systems and the creation of resilient health systems. They also noted the challenges facing the Region, including the introduction of the chikungunya virus, as well as achievements such as the elimination of rubella in the hemisphere. St.Kitts-Nevis Minister of Health the Hon. Eugene Hamilton addressed the plenary of the 68th World Health Assembly and appealed to the World Body for sustained assistance for small islands and their health systems.
“The sustained provision of resources and technical assistance for small island nations is a key element in the construction of solid and resilient health systems,” said Hon. Hamilton.
“We seek partnerships in health and development based on respect for human rights, and mutual benefits as we cooperate on all issues related to human and environmental health,” Hamilton said.
Hon. Hamilton acknowledged organizations such as PAHO, among others, for their support in all areas. He stated that a resilient system needs adequate, predictable, and continuous funding in order to maintain competent health workers, as well as drug supplies, equipment and technology, and good health care facilities.
The St.Kitts-Nevis Delegation to the World Assembly included Hon. Hamilton along with Permanent Secretary in the Minister of Health Andrew Skerritt