PRESS RELEASE – The recent incidences of gun violence along the Chaussee Road area in the City of Castries not only resulted in the loss of lives, but instilled a sense of fear and uneasiness among residence and business houses along that street. It also affected the safety of staff and clients of the Castries Wellness Centre.
As a direct consequence of this upsurge in violence the doors of the Castries Wellness Centre were closed on Friday April 10th by the Ministry of Health to allow for appropriate security arrangement to be employed to ensure the safety of both Staff and Clients of the facility.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Elda Michel provided an update on the arrangements being put in place.
“The Ministry wishes to apologize to the public and it’s staff for the inconvenience which this has posed to them as a result …further we have to extend that temporary closure until Saturday April 25th. We are therefore asking our clients to continue to utilize the services of the La Clery and Entrepot Wellness Centres to benefit from the various facilities, health services that are offered to them at those two facilities.”
Michel noted that the extended closure was necessary to allow Ministry of Health Officials in dialog with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force to finalize the security arrangements to be implemented at the Castries Wellness Centre.
“We need to ensure as a ministry that the facility in which our staff work as well as our clients benefit from health care services is one that is safe, secure and give them that level of comfort that when they are in there they do not have to be concerned with what is going to happen to them but just benefit from the services that we offer.” Michel stated.
The doors of the Castries Wellness Centre is now scheduled to reopen on Monday April 27th, 2015.