Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in an official Facebook post stated that in his government’s quest to provide quality healthcare which is both accessible and affordable for all, these are a few of the initiatives which they have implemented thus far:
-We have Upgraded 17 Health Centres into SMART facilities: Monchy, La Fargue, Delcer, Vieux Fort, Desruisseaux, Mon Repos, Belle Vue and Bexon just to name a few
-We have opened the new Owen King EU Hospital
-We have transitioned Victoria Hospital into a dedicated Respiratory Hospital. Previous Governments had planned to close down VH upon the opening of OKEU.
-We Extended Operating Hours at the Gros Islet Polyclinic by 8 additional hours
-We have built new Wellness Centres in Micoud and Anse la Raye
-We have commenced the process to resume construction on the new Dennery Polyclinic
-We have employed more doctors and nurses
-We have commenced the process of introducing National Health Insurance which will ensure that all Saint Lucians can access healthcare and medicine. The process is in the final stages
-We partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide over 1000 Saint Lucians with FREE hearing aids
-We have worked with Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to introduce a Bachelors in Nursing Programme to create more avenues for citizens to become nurses
-We continue to provide FREE COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccinations to all citizens
-We have implemented a National Health Management System
-We worked with the US Government to provide just over 4,800 Saint Lucians with FREE Healthcare
-We increased the Public Assistance Budget from $800,000 to $4 Million especially for persons who needed medical assistance
-We waived outstanding hospital bills to the tune of $12 Million EC
-We are implementing the Health System Strengthening Project which is being funded by the World Bank.
-We are building a State of the Art St Jude Hospital for the people of the south. Work is in the final stage.
The PM further stated that they have done quite a bit but there is still a lot more to be done. He also said that the government will not rest until they accomplish this mission.