St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Terrance Drew addressed the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) 43rd Annual Conference opening ceremony.
The event was held under the theme-“Ensuring Sustainable Healthcare for the Caribbean and the Future.” He took to social media and shared glimpses of the ceremony.
PM Terrance Drew said, “Last night, I delivered the feature address at the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) 43rd Annual Conference opening ceremony, which was held under the theme “Ensuring Sustainable Healthcare for the Caribbean and the Future.”
The annual convention, which runs from August 8-13, provides opportunities for networking, sharing of new ideas, troubleshooting common challenges, and laying the ground for career development and the advancement of pharmacy and, by extension, healthcare in the Caribbean.
In his address, Prime Minister Dr Drew described the theme as apt and timely, particularly as it relates to the transition taking place in St Kitts and Nevis.
The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is this week playing host to the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) 2023 Convention. The ceremony was attended by Senior Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws.
He said that they are seeking to build out a Sustainable Island State in St Kitts and Nevis. Healthcare will play a fundamental pillar in fulfilling their aims.
He said that Pharmacists in the Caribbean sub-region can indeed achieve this ideal by expanding their roles and responsibilities within the healthcare team.
Pharmacists have a unique knowledge base and a unique skill set that help to ensure the safe dispensation and use of medication by patients and their caregivers. Pharmacists ensure that patients receive the correct medication and dosage. You provide information on medicines and guidance needed to use the medication safely and effectively,” said Prime Minister Dr. Drew, who is also the Minister of Health in the Federal Cabinet of St Kitts and Nevis.
In the continued fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region, the St Kitts and Nevis prime minister said pharmacists can play a crucial role in reducing the high incidences across the region through informed discussions with patients.