Public Health director retires

After 33 years working on public health in the Cayman Islands, Dr. Kiran Kumar will retire in July. 

Dr. Kumar, the medical officer of health and director of primary healthcare, has worked in the government’s Public Health Department since he arrived in Cayman in 1982, serving in a variety of leadership roles. 

Reviewing all of the changes that have taken place during those years, he noted, “First and foremost, we have enhanced the specialist services with state-of-the-art equipment, a modern hospital and new health centers.”  

Dr. Kumar helped develop and implement a number of major initiatives, including the National AIDS Programme in 1989 and the Health Practice Law in 2001 to 2004.  

Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood praised the outgoing public health director. “Dr. Kumar has been a pillar of the Health Services Authority community and the driver of so many important health initiatives for the Cayman Islands,” she said. 

“For 33 years Dr. Kumar has been at the forefront of [the] Cayman community’s health and for that we are deeply grateful,” Premier Alden McLaughlin said. 

Dr. Kumar praised his colleagues in the Ministry of Health and the HSA. “I am thankful for the support I have received throughout the years from my public health team, as well as various public and private organizations,” he said. 

Dr. Kumar