In marking the fifth anniversary of the St Jude Hospital fire, the Minister of Health, the Board of Directors and Management and staff all paid tribute to the five victims and unsung heroes yesterday, September 18.
Speaking at the ceremony Minister of Health Alvina Reynolds said that St Jude Hospital has come a far way, since the fire in 2009.
The health minister expressed gratitude to the employees who have managed to work under tedious conditions at the George Odlum Stadium over the years and said that it calls for a celebration.
Reynolds urged the team to continue doing what they are doing and explained that government will continue to lend its support to ensure that they can serve the country well.
Executive Director of the St Jude Hospital Dr. Chierry Poyott said that today marks a day of remembrance and sorrow.
He said that it is a day to remember the five victims that were lost in the fire and those that played an important role on that day.
“You have to give thanks to the sisters of the soil, because more than anything else what they have done is to create the culture of St Jude Hospital that we are trying to maintain,” he added.
Poyott also explained that it’s a day for celebration and an opportunity to show the people of St Lucia that proper health care services can be provided at the St Jude Hospital.
On September 9, 2009 the St Jude Hospital was ravaged by a fire that destroyed the surgical and pediatric wards and the operating theaters.