British High Commissioner, Harriet Cross made a courtesy visit to Tobago House of Assembly Health Secretary Dr. Faith B. Yisrael on Tuesday.
The meeting is said to have facilitated discussions to further open the doors to health opportunities and best practices between the people of Tobago and the United Kingdom.
High Commissioner Cross stated the objective of the visit was to understand some of the priorities and challenges that the island faces socially, and with the management of the Covid 19 pandemic.
She said, “Tobago is a very important part of our geography as many of our British citizens visit every year … tourism, health and the protection of those persons are every important to us. You (Tobago), are also very much part of the picture in terms of our priorities on health, border security and trade investment, and we want you to know that we are always thinking about Tobago.”
Secretary Yisrael was able to give additional details on the health sector in Tobago, with particular mention of Tobago’s COVID-19 pandemic response, its management and new treatment protocols being explored.
High Commissioner Cross also identified some strategies like the test and trace initiative in which the United Kingdom was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was a mutual consensus for opportunities to work together to share ideas and develop programmes for future development.
Dr. Yisrael welcomed the idea of collaboration between the British High Commission and the Tobago House of Assembly and stated, “Tobago has its unique challenges and unique wants that we must take into account … we welcome the additional help or assistance, and would love to continue this relationship.”
Also present at the courtesy visit was Assistant Secretary Mr. Sonny Craig, Ms. Shelly Trim, Administrator, and Dr. Crystal Benjamin Programme Coordinator, Family Development.