Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has declared that providing health care is a moral imperative after signing a financing agreement to complete the St. Jude Hospital reconstruction.
“Providing access to healthcare is not merely an economic or political imperative. It is a moral imperative rooted in the values that define us as a country. It is about compassion. It is about empathy,” Pierre wrote on Facebook.
“The state must provide every citizen with accessible, affordable, safe, and reliable healthcare,” the Prime Minister asserted.
The Government of Saint Lucia will receive more than EC$200 million from the Saudi Fund for Development to finance the (SJH) Reconstruction Project.
Pierre described the agreement as one step closer to making amends to the people of Saint Lucia, especially those in the South.
The loan agreement comes at a concessionary rate of 2% over 20 years with a 5-year grace period.
According to Pierre, this will allow for the completion of St. Jude Hospital, the installation and commissioning of existing and new equipment, the transition of St Jude Hospital from the stadium to the new facility, and the rehabilitation of the George Odlum Stadium.