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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is working with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to provide technical and financial support to Saint Lucia in order to create smart health facilities, especially during this hurricane season.
Natural disasters can have a major impact on the health sector and on the lives of people. It is against this background that PAHO is providing support to Saint Lucia to help ensure that new or existing health facilities are disaster-resilient while also being environmentally friendly.
On Thursday the 7th of June representatives from the Ministry of Health, The pan American Health Organization and non-governmental organizations came together at the Ministry of Health to discuss and award contracts for the development of smart health care facilities. PAHO’s Consultant, Shalini Jagnarine gave the details.
“We had the official kick-off meeting for the retrofit for the three small facilities where we are doing some interventions, Mon Repos, Desruisseaux and Belle Vue. The interventions generally consist of improving the electrical safety at the facilities so we are going to be redoing some electrical wiring, putting in generators and changing the lighting to more efficient LED fixtures. We are also going to be doing some improvements to the water supply systems and increase the water storage capacity. At some of the facilities we are going to be introducing rain water harvesting so it’s all part of our green and smart intervention. ”
The primary aim of this program is to improve the level of safety at facilities to enable them to withstand the impact of hurricanes, earthquakes and to improve the level of greenness whilst reducing operational cost. Meanwhile Engineer in the Ministry of Health Monty Emmanuel said, now that the contract has been awarded, work should begin sooner rather than later.
“Today the contract was awarded to Phoenix Construction Company limited with a start date of 17th of June hopefully ending the 20th of September. In that time frame we are expecting the project to be very short, smooth running, quick and not to disturb our services for the health facilities to much to ensure that everything happens quickly and the facilities do come out smart and green which is what the project aims to do.”
In addition to the three (3) aforementioned projects, interventions will be done at other facilities including; Comfort Bay, the Transit Home and Vieux Fort Health Centre.