Health Fraternity Saddened By The Passing Of Retired Chief Community Health Nurse, Lydia Debbie Francis

PR –  The Minister for Health, together with the  Permanent Secretaries, management and staff of the Ministry of Health and Social Security,  and in particular, the Community Nursing Division, are deeply saddened by news of the passing  of former Chief Community Health Nurse, Lydia Debbie Francis. 

Nurse Francis died this morning in the United States where she was receiving medical  treatment. Francis, an exemplary public officer, gave more than 30 years of service to the  nursing profession and by extension to the people of Grenada. 

As a former head of the Community Nursing Division, her dedication to her professional calling  was unmatched, and she demonstrated genuine love for her patients, even after retiring. 

Reacting to the sad news today, Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Hospitals and  Community Health Services, Mrs. Hannah Julien St. Paul, said Nurse Francis will be missed.  

St. Paul, a nurse by training who once reported to the retired Chief Community Health Nurse said, “Our fallen sister loved her job; she loved caring for people; she was a dedicated nurse;  well-loved and well respected by many in the community.” 

She added, “This is a difficult time for the entire team at the Ministry. Nurse Francis was more  than a colleague, she was family, having spent decades in the public health sector. Her  achievements are many and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her on  something that we are all passionate about – impacting the lives of the ordinary man through  the provision of quality health care. It is never easy to lose a loved one. We will lean on each  other for support as we come to terms with this loss. 

Health Minister, Honourable Nickolas Steele, in paying tribute to Nurse Francis said, “The  General Hospital and by extension the Ministry of Health and the Grenadian public, has lost a  true servant, and a patriot. We are better for the dedicated services she provided for over  three decades. The Ministry of Health and Social Security extends deepest condolences to  her husband and daughters, as well as her other relatives, friends and colleagues. May the  care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days  ahead”.