The new St. Jude Hospital could be completed and officially opened to the public before the end of this year, according to the country’s Health Minister Alvina Reynolds.
Reynolds told Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) supporters in Dennery on Thursday evening during a public meeting that while she is not pleased with the progress made, she will continue to push for it to be completed soon.
The minister boasted that a lot has been done by the current administration to improve the health care sector and more will be done in coming years once the party is re-elected.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Babonneau said that the SLP government cares about the health of its citizens and plans to continue building on the progress it has made.
Reynolds reminded supporters that it was the SLP government that repaired the Dennery Hospital at the tune of EC$2 million, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Tomas.
She said when the current government took office, several of the country’s health centres were in a state of disrepair and they made an effort to fix these issues left by the previous government.
The minister said the government has also built new health centres in Entrepot, Babonneau and Ti Rocher, Micoud, and has plans to build one in the community of Anse La Raye.
She also spoke to other issues which her ministry has successfully addressed, which includes, creating a suicide hotline and providing free medicine and social support to people living with HIV and aids.
Reynolds also noted that the government will be opening the new national hospital soon, which will address the many issues currently being faced at the current major hospitals countrywide.