Health Minister Byron-Nisbett salutes Federation’s sanitation workers

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Minister of Health the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett delivering remarks at the 18th Annual Sanitation Workers Appreciation Day service at the Apostolic Faith Mission Church.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, September 14,

2020 (MMS-SKN) — Minister of Health the Hon Akilah

Byron-Nisbett, while saluting Federation’s sanitation workers for the great job

they are doing, has also called on the general public to follow the Covid-19

protocols if they are to lead a healthier and longer life.



“Sanitation

workers have become one of the most important groupings within our society

today because as we continue to face the pandemic, which is not over, we are

grateful for the service that they continue to give,” said the Hon

Byron-Nisbett.



She

made the remarks at the 18th Annual Sanitation Workers Appreciation

Day which was observed on Sunday September 13 under the theme ‘Basic Hygiene

and Good Sanitation… The Cure for the Covid-19 Virus’, and was celebrated with

a worship service led by Pastor Lincoln Hazell at the Apostolic Faith Mission

Church on St. Johnston’s Avenue in West Basseterre.




“The

simple things that will help us to make sure that we do not have to suffer from

the Covid-19, as we have seen so many other countries suffer is by doing the

non-pharmaceutical measures – the simple things, wearing your masks, keeping

your hands clean, soap and water or if you can’t use soap and water, to use

some hand sanitisers,” advised the Honourable Minister, who is also the Area

Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher Three, West Basseterre.




In

observance of Covid-19 protocols, sanitation workers drawn from Environmental

Health, Parks and Beaches, and the Solid Waste Management were this year not

invited for the service but were encouraged to follow it live on the church’s

Facebook page, or on radio including the National ZIZ Radio.




The

Health Minister thanked sanitation workers noting that their task has become

greater as the expectation now is that all highly touched surfaces must be cleaned

on a regular basis, the doors, and countertops, and anything that people touch

frequently, adding that she was happy to see the microphones in the church

being sanitised.




“As

the Minister of Health, I know the importance of these non-pharmaceutical measures

– I know the importance of making sure that we keep everything as sanitised as

possible,” said the Hon Byron-Nisbett. “Those are the simple things that are

important but they will be able to make sure that once we are at that place

where we are able to fight that disease that many of us will not be able to get

that disease and then we could lead a healthier, longer life.”




She

thanked Pastor Lincoln Hazell and members of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church

for their continued thrust to ensure that they appreciate and celebrate the

country’s sanitation workers noting that now more than ever, many understand

the importance of the sanitation workers.




“Let

us continue to pray for our health workers, let us continue to pray for

everyone who are on the frontline because once we fully open these borders it

is those individuals who would be met first,” pointed out the Honourable

Minister. “They are the ones who have to make sure that we are kept safe.”




She

also thanked members of the National Covid-19 Task Force, saying: “I can’t talk

about them enough, because they have been doing a tremendous job in ensuring

that we keep safe, and what they have done is to ensure that the first wave was

not as effective as in a lot of the other countries. Now they are telling us:

let us do these things, wear our masks, wash our hands, practice social

distancing – we must listen to them and take their advice.”



In

the meantime, Pastor Lincoln Hazell quoting from Matthew Chapter 11 verse 15

‘He that has ears to hear, let them hear’, observed that the people of the

Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis “have been listening and because you heard

over the past months you were able to make St. Kitts and Nevis the number

country in the world that people can visit and not be afraid of contracting the

disease.”