By MyVueNews Staffwriter
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 11th January, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has formally thanked the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis for the concerns expressed and contributions made to the people of Dominica in the aftermath of super Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria struck Dominica on 18th September, 2017, and inflected extensive damage, as it passed over the island as a category 5 hurricane.
The extensive damage resulted in severe disruption to the country’s economy, its education and health systems and extensive damage to physical infrastructure, among other things.
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis pledged and contributed EC$1 million to the Government and people of Dominica, and private sector entities also contributed to the relief efforts.
In addition, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis made it possible for Dominica students to be enrolled in high schools in the federation, free of charge, to sit their CXC examinations.
Health institutions, including the JNF General Hospital, were also made available to persons who required medical services.
On a recent visit to St. Kitts, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said to Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, “Your dispatch of officers of the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force for security duties and the contributions of materials and supplies by the private and public sectors of St. Kitts and Nevis have been invaluable contributions to our emergency response in the aftermath of the hurricane. Through you, we also wish to thank the people of St. Kitts and Nevis for opening their homes to Dominican families seeking temporary relocation following the devastating effects of the hurricane.”
Skerrit continued, “Importantly, your personal expressions of concern at the situation in Dominica have served to reinforce our confidence that as small states, and as CARICOM Member States, we confront our challenges together; and as problematic as they are, natural disasters, as Hurricane Maria, also serve to strengthen our affinity and hence the Caribbean family.”