PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday October 30th, a delegation from St. Georges University in Grenada paid a courtesy call on Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relation, Hon. Alvina Reynolds. Heading the delegation from St. Georges University, Dr. Denis Paul, Vice Provost for Institutional Advancement, revealed the purpose of their visit.
“We’re here visiting the Ministry of Health to look at health facilities in St. Lucia with a possibility of setting up programmes in which we might collaborate in the training of physicians for the region. We’re also looking at your Forensic Lab as a place where we might collaborate regionally in investigations, training people as well as procedures on samples of interest medically or legal investigations and so on,” he said.
Dr. Paul had high praise for the health system in St. Lucia.
“We’re generally very, very, much impressed by the health system here, the facilities, the investment that the government has made in improving the health system here in St. Lucia and we look forward to working with the government in providing opportunities for training for some of our students who come from all over the world.” he stated.
Minister Reynolds for her part noted that the team from St. Georges had there curiosity peaked by all what has been happening in the health sector in St. Lucia, the construction of a New National Hospital, the new St. Jude Hospital, the Forensic Lab and so on.
“The plan as you well know, very early we have had meetings with the team from UWI and looking to establish our hospital as a teaching hospital, both of our hospitals and off-course serving some of our institutions in the region as well.”
“And also, we have institutions here in St. Lucia where St. Lucian’s attend and also St. Georges who’s very interested to see whether it’s possible that St. Georges can have that collaboration and send some of their students to access some of the training right here in St. Lucia as hospitals will be designated as teaching hospitals.” the minister revealed.
The delegation from St. Georges also met with heads of departments from various health institutions on island. Dr. Donald Jungkind, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at St. Georges University also delivered a lecture on Ebola at the Hunter J. Francois Library on Wednesday 29th October.