Owen King EU Hospital receives supplies

Owen King EU Hospital receives supplies

PRESS RELEASE:-Up to six Container loads of equipment and furniture earmarked the Owen King EU Hospital (OKEUH) were destuffed on the grounds of the new hospital revealing high-end tools, supplies and equipment from Unit Export, one of the suppliers for OKEUH.

As Saint Lucia eagerly awaits the official opening of the new hospital, detailed planning, procuring, installing, testing, and training has been ongoing at the facility. Work on the ground is expected to intensify in the weeks ahead as up to fifteen more containers, from five contractors, are scheduled to arrive on island in the coming weeks.

Claudio Meirovich, Technical Assistance Supervisor for the Owen King EU Hospital provided details as to some of the items received thus far and what is expected from the other contractors.

“All the furniture in terms of cupboards and everything that has to be hang on the walls has arrived. All the tools for the maintenance team have also arrived and in the next couple of weeks and months we are going to be getting also all the clinical furniture, surgical tables, delivery beds, hospital beds as well as specialized equipment.  We’re going to get EMT equipment, ophthalmology equipment and all that is going to be coming in next month. Right now it’s a very interesting time for us in the supervision because everything is coming in, we’re starting to install things and we’re starting to move really fast.”

Meirovich expressed his excitement with this stage of the project while stating that preparatory work such as the testing of medical gases and water lines which are required for some of the medical equipment will also be completed in coming weeks.

“I am very excited about this because we have been working on this allot, for the past four or five years. It’s been a long time and we had several challenges to get over and as I say we can see light at the end of the tunnel already.”

Project Engineer at the OKEUH, Wendell Bernard said contractors alongside the technical team at OKEUH have been extremely busy for the past two weeks, including weekends, ensuring all equipment and suppliers from the various containers are placed within the respective rooms in this massive facility.

Bernard stated that the challenge is the ensure that minimal damage is done to the facility while receiving and distributing all the equipment and supplies from the various contractors.

“You are going to get walls being scratched as you move with equipment and boxes about the place. We have a few cleaners and the maintenance team from VH and persons we’ve hired to assist with maintenance on the project site. So on a daily basis they would monitor the contractors moving the equipment and direct them as to the way to clean it, what they are going to use to clean it and help coordinate things so that we won’t have to many of these issues happening as they go along. We’ve been telling them, protect our floors, protect our walls, keep doors opened so we won’t get your pallet jacks and your trolleys jamming into doors.”

The Project Engineer said the Owen King EU Hospital is touted to be one of the best health facilities in the region.

“It’s like an envy for even the first world countries what we have there, the construction of the hospital itself. What the persons from the European Union has blessed us with is equipment to compliment that and what we’re seeing is allot of new stuff coming in from our shelving to store medication, tools to help maintain the place. I am very excited seeing that coming in and even more excited to see that approach our team is taking on ensuring the safety of it.”

The OKEUH is expected to be opened later in the year.

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  1. big time
    June 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Who is the contractor for the installation of the cupboards. Need to work on these stuff

  2. Mee-Liii
    June 13, 2016 at 5:55 am Reply

    The UWP will ultimately destroy all our FABULOUS WORK. Because they don’t build anything. The UWP is like LEPROSY in this NATION.
    TheY DO NOT BUILD OR PRESERVE anything. But love hand-outs and borboll.

    1. lala
      June 13, 2016 at 6:32 am Reply


    2. Blindspot
      June 13, 2016 at 11:44 am Reply

      Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

  3. Anonymous
    June 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

    All praise and glory to the former Administration of Dr Kenny D Anthony. Thank you.

    1. David
      June 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

      We are the Builders of this Nation.
      Dr. Kenny Anthony, will always be Our Supreme Leader.

      1. Anonymous
        June 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

        All hail Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony. This man IS a thinker. GREATEST PM St.Lucia has ever seen.

  4. fair and square
    June 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply

    I do hope that the government responsible for this hospital and all of this work is given due recognition and praise. It has been a week since elections and it should be obvious that the present ruling party would NOT be responsible and SHOULD NOT take the praise for it. This is a promise to the people and in labour, it was delivered.

  5. Lucian
    June 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply

    The UWP were the ones to begin the negotiations for the EU hospital! They were able to source the funding and begin the work but lost the elections in 2011. People get your facts straight. Now they will complete what they started as it took 5 years until the SLP and all the did was a ceremonial opening-kmt. SLP stop trying to take credit …on UWP back.

  6. Keeping you honest
    June 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm Reply

    The design, funding and building of the hospital was all negotiated by the SLP Administration. Construction commenced under the UWP administration.

    June 14, 2016 at 4:40 am Reply

    The UWP is known to produce NO capital projects to develop this Nation like The SLP (and it is a FACT.)
    The SLP is by FAR A SUPERIOR PARTY IN EVERY-WAY. We build, innovate and deliver. We build proper road-ways and walk-overs for safety of our citizens.

    Since the Allen-boy, got into office., the boy is in a party mood with a yellow kid’s safety hat all over the place. The boy looks like the missing puzzle of a leggo game. This is what happens when boys are trying to walk in men’s shoes.

    Now for sure, they will still be incapable of building anything during their tenure. Because this what they do.


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