St. Jude Hospital gets grant for new ambulance

Press Release:- St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider serving the southern half of St Lucia, is the proud recipient of a grant totaling USD$81, 162 from the Government of Japan. The grant was presented by Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Mitsuhiko Okada to St Jude Hospital Chairman – Dr Ulric Mondesir during an official signing ceremony on Thursday February 23, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister in Castries.

The funds, obtained under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, will be used to procure a state of the art Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Ambulance. The ambulance will come equipped with a defibrillator, an electrocardiogram (ECG) (a test used to check a patient’s heart’s rhythm and electrical activity), a ventilator, infusion pump, and Syringe pump.

The availability of a new ambulance represents a critical component to the hospital’s healthcare service delivery. As the main healthcare facility servicing the Hewanorra International Airport, the ambulance will help to ensure that St Jude Hospital can respond effectively in the unfortunate event of a mass casualty event. It will also facilitate the proper transfer of ventilated patients as well as patients in need of emergency diagnostic procedures not available in the South.

St Jude Hospital currently has two ambulances that were received second hand from a friendly overseas donor several years ago. However, those vehicles are no longer roadworthy and can only be driven on the hospital compound. Whenever these vehicles are not in service it severely compromises the hospital’s ability to transport patients which is why St Jude Hospital is so grateful for this important donation from the Government and People of Japan.

St Jude Hospital wishes to thank the Government and People of Japan for this wonderful gift which will undoubtedly benefit the residents in the south of the island.


  1. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    We constantly need aid because we waste and mismanage what we have.
    Look no further than the current St Judes rebuild fiasco. Millions wasted on construction and supervision and more wasted on a 800,000 audit report THAT IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING! Obviously there is corruption in the mix ALSO!

    1. Anonymous
      March 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

      U couldn’t have said it better. That $800,000 could have gone a long way to helping the hospital with well needed equipment.

      1. Anonymous
        March 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

        The audit report is very important. At the very least it gives us an idea of the extent of corruption in the construction of government sponsored projects. We may or may not wish to be guided by the contents of the report. However the report will be there for us all to know.

  2. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    All St. Jude’s Hospital needs is a big grant of a new hospital!

  3. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 11:09 am

    An important thing like an ambulance in my opinion shouldnt even be obtained by this means. Government ministries get new model vehicles for workers to drive up and about.

    Maybe the govnt should procure ambulances instead of new pick ups and jeeps.

  4. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    @AnonymousMarch 6, 2017 at 11:11 am+

    The point I was making is that we paid so much for a substandard report. I was not questioning the need for one.
    From where I’m standing it looks like we would need an audit of the audit report. No Kidding!

  5. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Please say or write:St. Jude. Note, there is no “s” and no “apostrophe s”. So it is St. Jude Hospital. Let’s get it right.

  6. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    that’s what bordered you the most about this whole discussion? to each his own i guess.

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