The Medical Chief of Staff, of the Joseph N France General Hospital, (JNF), Dr. Cameron Wilkinson said the gift of US$50,000 will go a very long way in making the lives of persons who access care there great.
Dr. Wilkinson revealed, “We plan to buy a number of equipment so that you will see something tangible being done with it. When the governor was here I assured him that whatever we bought , we would install it in his wife’s name, so that the next time he comes he will see it, and he promised that maybe he might quadruple the gift.”
Governor Chief Akpobio made good on his commitment to contribute to JNF after touring the health institution when he visited the Federation to attend the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the Independence of St. Kitts and Nevis, 19th September, 2013. The cheque was handed over to Ambassador Astona Browne who headed a delegation to the African State in December 2013.
Upon her return to the Federation, Ambassador Browne handed over the cheque to Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas who thanked the Nigerian Statesman for his country’s generosity, noting that the gesture was a token of friendship from His Excellency Akpobio. He was described as “a tremendous Ambassador for his country, building bridges for many countries, in particular St. Kitts and Nevis.” Prime Minister Douglas reflected on Governor Akpobio’s visit to the JNF General Hospital.
In accepting the cheque on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Minister responsible for that sector Marcella Liburd asked that the gratitude of her ministry be conveyed to His Excellency Governor Akpobio.
“We thank him for following through on his commitment,” Minister Liburd remarked. “I also wish at this point to convey as the Minister of Culture, our gratitude through you Ambassador [Mrs. Browne] to him for hosting the St. Kitts and Nevis Choir, there [Nigerian State of Akwa Ibom] for a week. And I understand that the performance was just extraordinary, we didn’t expect anything less. I want to commend all those – Clyde Richardson and all those who were responsible for ensuring that we produce the best and represented our country extremely well.”
The cheque was then passed to the JNF Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Cameron Wilkinson who accepted on behalf of the JNF staff and all who access services there.