St Lucia: Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Allen Chastanet, on 9 February 2021, has acknowledged Saint Lucia’s Health system via the Health System Strengthening Project, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Health & Wellness and the World Bank.
PM Chastanet said,” This initiative is a four-year project which aims to strengthen our primary healthcare system, our preparedness for any public health emergency that may arise as well as the implementation of National Health Insurance.”
He also noted that the project also includes improving the supply and availability of services at our primary health facilities while building the staff’s capacity within the Department of Health and Wellness.
PM further noted, “Our Healthcare sector will also benefit from enhancements to infrastructure, new equipment, supplies and the training of staff. “
Prime Minister also revealed that As part of efforts to continue providing coverage of COVID-19 testing within the Castries to Gros-Islet basin, the Ministry of Health and Wellness had extended its mobile testing activity at the Vigie Sports Complex in Castries. Persons with respiratory symptoms and those who are referred from contact tracing can access free COVID-19 testing at this site, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All are coming to this location are required to bring a valid form of identification.
” The mobile testing activity will also focus on health education on the COVID-19 virus including the promotion of infection prevention and control measures.” He noted.
Prime Minister also stated that For individuals who have done a COVID-19 test at the Vigie Sports Complex, you would be contacted by the Community Nursing Service with the test results. In the interim, you are asked to remain in quarantine until contacted via telephone by a health care worker.
Currently, Saint Lucia is in callous conditions, PM continuously appealing support from his people.