Action Planned on Soufriere Hospital

Image: The 70 year old Soufriere hospital.
Image: The 70 year old Soufriere hospital.
The 70 year old Soufriere hospital.

THE 70 year old Soufriere Hospital could either be torn down and rebuilt at another location with more available land space or it could be renovated. However, one thing is certain: it is inadequate in its present form to meet the needs of the town and its environs.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Health Minister Mary Isaac arrived at the same conclusion last Thursday after a tour of the facility, the premier health service provider on the country’s west coast.

“I am not 100 percent convinced that this building is adequately equipped or designed to cope with everything we want to do. My feeling for a long time is that we need to build a new hospital. What I have seen today is we trying to patch up and see something work but I’m not so sure it can actually give to the people of Soufriere the quality of health care we all aspire for,” Chastanet said.

Isaac, however was more forceful, saying that residents of the town deserve a better health care facility than what they have today.

“We are going to look at the different studies that have been done, analyze the situation and determine once and for all whether to build a new hospital or renovate this one to an acceptable standard,” Isaac said.

The Health Minister said that her immediate priority for the hospital is to complete the physical works being done on the structure so as to give patients there a better level of comfort.

However both Isaac and Chastanet, along with Herod Stanislas, the constituency parliamentary representative agreed that some things have to be done immediately to improve the condition there. Therefore in the absence of a final decision Stanislas intends to hold discussions with the private sector to see what can be done to make life a bit more comfortable for patients and staff.

Chastanet, however, said that he will take his cue from Isaac, as Health Minister, as to what to do with the hospital.

According to him, Soufriere is a big town and when taken into consideration the thousands of tourists who was regularly visit the town and communities like Canaries and its environs that it caters for, then it clearly is failing or has failed to reach the required standard of health care.

“If anything is to happen this hospital is inadequate to deal with the crisis,” Chastanet said.

The hospital was built in 1946.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

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  1. S.O.M. What your friends in the Labour Government failed to do, Allen will do it.
    The old and tired Rep for Soufriere B.S’ed the poor people of Piton Ville for so many
    years, did sweet nothing, now I’m sure the folks now smell HOPE. They will get a brand
    new hospital, not like the St. Jude’s, but a good vibrant Hospital, that Soufriere will be proud of.

    1. VIRGIL:

      It saddens me to see how gullible you are; an intelligent individual like yourself being deceived by the Chastanet Crime Family. Nothing short of perplexing, knowing you must have acquired SOME knowledge after your reading the many enlightening articles published by this newspaper.

      Alas, it makes me sad; seeing the hypocrisy manifested by the sanctimonious Sarah Flood and yourself, ready to wager your children’s future on a Horse’s nose, Black Jack, and roll and Tumble; it’s OVER & UNDER – No LUCKY 7 this time. Toe Ah Khing was the Tooth Fairy.

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