Basseterre,St.Kitts May 12 2020 (SKNVIBES)

Today, May 12, 2020, St. Kitts and Nevis joins with the rest of the world in observing International Nurses’ Day. This year’s observance is being executed under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.” While it is true that this theme is an adaptation of the ones chosen for 2017-2019, this year’s focus is being centred deliberately on the tall global order that has now been placed on the shoulders of nurses in every country, continent and community in response to the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on all global citizens our local nursing fraternity – like the rest of their international counterparts – are called upon to render critical nursing care in this time of greatest need to help heal the sick, to comfort the dying and to remain stoic at the centre of the health care continuum, even as the virus continues to leave a trail of infection, disease, death and disruption that has left no region of the world unscathed.

Thankfully for us in St. Kitts and Nevis, we do not share the horror stories of major pandemic hotspots such as Italy, Spain, the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom or France. We are grateful to God that, to date, we have had just 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19; with 14 recoveries; zero deaths; a high rate of testing; no community spread of the virus; close vigilance in terms of contact tracing and quarantine; and no need for hospitalization among those affected. This is a remarkable achievement for the smallest country in the Western hemisphere, and speaks volumes for the calibre of medical and technical leadership which this Country has been blessed to have in our Chief Medical