CONCORDIA--Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin health officials launched a regional Health Observatory on Friday and announced plans to embark on a joint public health study to assess the health situation amongst the population on both sides of the island.
Some work has already begun under the Health Observatory, which is based initially at the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital in French St. Martin. The entire project will cost 1,184,095 million euros. The St. Maarten government will cover 25 per cent of the cost and French St. Martin 75 per cent via Interreg Caraibes.
Health Minister Cornelius de Weever (St. Maarten) and Second Vice President of the Collectivité of St. Martin in charge of Social Affairs Ramona Thomas signed an agreement for the health initiatives at the end of the launch ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce of St. Martin in Concordia.