Mold infestation at Choiseul Police station

Mold infestation at Choiseul Police station

A serious problem of mold infestation has been reported at the Choiseul Police station, prompting the authorities to take action to deal with the situation.

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, told the Times that representatives of  the National Insurance Property Development and Management Company -NIPRO, went to the station on Monday to do a clean up.

“The idea was that they would have dealt with the roofing of the police station yesterday, but because of the rains which were not anticipated because of our dry season, when they got down there they could not have  done the roof,” Francis explained.

He told the Times that as a result, some police officers were asked to leave the Choiseul station.

Francis said attempts are being made to house the officers in an area which is not far from the station  to facilitate deep cleaning of their work place.

“The situation is very bad and we should not allow our officers to work under these conditions,” the minister, who is a former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.

It has been reported that over the past few days the officers have been operating from the station’s garage while the station remains closed.

However, Francis told the Times that the officers were not in a garage.

“They’re not in a garage – they are supposed to be in a building where I think it houses a Post Office but the Postman only comes in about twice a week. So we are looking to get at least a couple of the police officers to remain there, whereas we are going to be sending the rest of the police officers to stations at Laborie and Soufriere,” Francis disclosed.

He said a police presence will be maintained at Choiseul in the event that something were to happen.

Sources have informed the Times that at the root of the mold problem may be leaking water pipes that run inside the station walls.

They revealed that the mold problem is a longstanding one.

Executive members of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) were preparing Thursday morning to visit the Choiseul station.

Senior members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force were also understood to be planning a separate visit there.

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Can someone tell me exactly why is it that so many of our buildings suffer from mold infestation? Is climate change a contributing factor?
    Perhaps the designs of all those concrete buildings will have to change to improve air circulation and ventilation and to allow for regular and easy cleaning.

    1. tom john
      April 20, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

      The officer that protesting out ask him to make his ancestors to clean up the mess

  2. straight shooter
    April 20, 2017 at 11:06 am Reply

    simple answer.Those buildings are old and were not maintain through out the years.

    1. Anon1
      April 21, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply

      Awah garcon the age of the building/s have nothing to do with it.

      These buildings were not constructed with proper ventilation.

      Mold flourishes in damp areas – so if there was proper ventilation mold can not prosper.

      With the old building all that needed to be done was increase the ventilation of the building.

  3. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 11:27 am Reply

    Better yet these buildings always had mold but no body feared saying any thing about it because they know nothing would be done now that this gov.is in power they know that Chas,want to take the business of the country serious,so now every one wants new buildings .

    1. Anonymous
      April 20, 2017 at 11:31 am Reply

      Lmao, is everything political these days? even mold infestations smh!

  4. Lucian born
    April 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Meanwhile the pigs in soufriere are forced to work in these horrid conditions even though the proverbial cyst which manifested itself upon them is no longer stationed there

  5. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Kintu i like that you took a stand out of the many supervising officer job well done bro

  6. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Hmm, St Lucia , canot move forward with this ; this Gov , dont have 1 yr, look stress, but they were afraid of Kenney, no complain, about mold ; but because they can take Mr PM for a long ride ; he need to get rid of those red bugs

  7. Fellow St lucian
    April 21, 2017 at 12:49 am Reply

    It is beyond belief how people can come into this forum and turn such a serious issue into a political one. Mold is a health harzard and the police have to right to refuse to work in a mold infested building. It is irrelevant which party is in power and has to deal with the eradication of the mold. It does not seem like any issue can be raised without people bringing “red and yellow” into it. People’s level of ignorance infuriates me.

    1. Anon1
      April 21, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply

      You can’t be a Lucian to come out with a comment like “It is beyond belief how people can come into this forum and turn such a serious issue into a political one.”

      Lucians turn any and everything into politics and or Red and Yellow.

      Why you think we’re stuck in rut for decades upon decades.

      1. Anonymous
        April 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

        Its our tribal nature.

  8. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply

    Why can’t the blame be on the contractors who built those structures and cut corners. There are many buildings in St Lucia that has mold issues and are not being address and the health of the occupants are at risk.

  9. Anonymous
    April 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply

    The point is, this mold has been there for sometome,can someone please tell me why is it only now everyone wants to walk off their jobs because of mold.Are ppl simply trying to embarras the present administration.Kenny never paid any attention to it.no one ever walked off their jobs,thenu u say ppl shouldn’t be injecting politics.Please tellthat to the C S A

  10. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

    The fact is the Caribbean islands have the sea all around them. The winds blew the water and salt inward, that’s why appliances rust and go bad after a few years. Mold is always a problem where there is excessive moisture. A bucket with pearlite and some powered charcoal (made from coconut shell) can stop the mold.

  11. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    St.Lucia can become self-sufficient instead of sayiing money shortage. We have a rich, nutritious land, so let’s plant more food for survival. Collect rain water (best water for plant growth) and grow. Stop throwing away coconut shells and make charcoal with it. St. Lucia has resources that have not been touch yet. If more and more people in in countries like Canada, USA and Europe are seeing the need to grow their own food, please St. Lucians be wise and realize we only need these things for survival, food, water, shelter and clothings. The problem is we are to focus on modernization.

  12. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Put a bucket with charcoal and pearlite in each room the mold is.
    St.Lucia can become self-sufficient instead of sayiing money shortage. We have a rich, nutritious land, so let’s plant more food for survival.
    Collect rain water (best water for plant growth) and grow. Stop throwing away coconut shells and make charcoal with it.
    St. Lucia has resources that have not been touch yet. If more and more people in in countries like Canada, USA and Europe are seeing the need to grow their own food, please St. Lucians be wise and realize we only need these things for survival, food, water, shelter and clothings. The problem is we are to focus on modernization.

  13. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Amazon sells both. Charcoal has so many uses. It is given to people including (babies) who drink poison or over-dose. It is drank as a detox, removing toxins from the body. It is given to animal also. Please research. Youtube has videos about it.

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