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SLMDA Concerned Over Impact Of Road Accidents, Crime & Violence

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The St Lucia Medical and Dental Association wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, coworkers and all others affected by the tragic loss of Ms. Erika Franklyn.

Ms. Franklyn passed away on May 7 at the OKEU hospital, her place of employment after being severely injured in a motor vehicular accident on April 30.

We are indeed saddened and anguished at the circumstances leading to her demise. The psychological impact of treating one of our close contacts cannot be understated.

Additionally the mental toll of managing multiple cases of road traffic accidents and persons involved in incidents of crime and violence is a significant burden for all healthcare workers involved.

Furthermore, the strain exerted on our healthcare system and limited resources continues to be a challenge.

Information obtained from the St Lucia Fire Service indicates that so far for 2023, they have responded to 353 calls yielding 493 patients and the Traffic Department has recorded a total of 8 road fatalities.

We urge all road users, especially drivers of motor vehicles and motorcycles, to exercise
due diligence and caution when traversing the nation’s roads.

Just as we encourage a healthy diet and lifestyle, routine medical checkups and care of chronic conditions to promote longevity and good quality of life, so too it is necessary to ensure that vehicles operating are road-worthy with routine maintenance being carried out as needed.

Speeding, use of alcohol and drugs which may affect one’s judgement should also be avoided.

The St Lucia Blood Bank struggles to keep up with the demand for blood and blood products at our hospitals.

There is a wide cross-section of persons who require these and we are all too familiar with
the pleas for donors in a time of dire need. To add to this, there is a global scarcity of blood bags which are used for collection and storage of donated blood which further hinders the ability of the blood bank to satisfy the demand.

We as an Association, stand by our vision to achieve and promote excellence in medical care for the betterment of all St. Lucians and we encourage all St Lucians to do their part to attain this collective goal.

SOURCE: St Lucia Medical and Dental Association. Headline photo: Stock image.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. A win is a win 15-2 but by how many votes ? Just thank god that ppl didn’t went out to vote . The only man standing strong is kenson . . Castries north we are waiting .

  2. A small measure but may have a desired imapct: increase VAT to 25% on Alcohol and Tobacco products.

    Use the increased revenue to add to the Health levy.

    In a nutshell yes TAX alcohol and tobacco heavily.

    Do the necessaries (law amendment) and introduce breathalysers – funnel revenue collected from tickets to the Health levy.

    I would include SUGAR in products which should be heavily taxed however this one id used in so many by-products.

    Sorry to say but Winward Island brewery and all their alcoholic products should fall in a HIGH tax bracket.

    Not easily done when juggling with jobs but hey, jobs or health!

    ALCOHOL the number one contributor to death and so much more on island, directly and in-directly.

  3. The high level of road accidents are mainly because of careless and irresponsible driving. I can throw in a degree of selfishness as well. The insurance company stand strong to earn more while we continue to pack our cemetery with human souls and eventually a vehicle grave yard start to accumulate. Lucian stupidity is on display on our road ways

  4. well hello there St Lucia Medical and Dental Association. How is your case in the courts going with the doctor that treated patients with covid with ivermectin. We not hearing nothing no update in the news in that regard

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