St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on November 28, 2023. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Conference Room in Port Zante.
The government of St Kitts and Nevis collaborated with the university to meet their goal of becoming a sustainable island state. Through this collaboration, both the organizations are looking for ways in which they can work towards ensuring the wellbeing of the people, environment and animals.
St Kitts and Nevis government has entered the collaboration through their Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture. The Prime Minister Dr Drew was present at the signing ceremony of the MoU on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
Additionally,Minister Samal Duggins was present at the signing of the MoU as the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture. The Dean of Ross University, Dr. Sean Callanan participated on behalf of the University.
Through the initiative, stakeholders from all the sectors want to come together to find interdisciplinary solutions that work for everyone. The Prime Minister and Minister of Health shared his views on this significant occasion.
The Prime Minister extended his support to the one health initiative. He said that he stands in support of the initiative both as the Minister of Health and a professional in the field.
Dr Terrance Drew said that the MoU was a major milestone in the partnership between Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and St Kitts and Nevis government. The University and the government of St Kitts and Nevis are working in partnership for several years.
For the last ten years, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine has been developing their One Health Policy. They have conducted a lot of research and in this field for several years. At the crux the of the initiative, the policy wants to ensure both the human lives and lives of animals can be saved.
Ultimately, the approach will help St Kitts and Nevis in reaching their sustainable development mandate.