Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has asked for the nation’s continued prayers and support amid work to deliver on the completion of the St Jude Hospital.
In a message posted on his official Facebook page, Chastanet described the initiative as “this critical project.”
He announced that Thursday afternoon, along with Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, representatives from the Embassy of Taiwan, and contractors, he visited the St. Jude Hospital construction site.
According to Chastanet, it is evident that construction has started in earnest as the steel columns which were being assembled last week are now erected with their concrete bases already poured.
“We are working full steam ahead as my government remains committed to making quality healthcare available to all Saint Lucians as promised during the election campaign,” he explained.
“We remain committed to completing St. Jude Hospital as promised,” Chastanet asserted.
He said Thursday’s construction site visit was to reaffirm “our unwavering pledge to complete this mission.”
“I ask for your continued prayers and support as we work to deliver on this critical project. Up! Up! And away!” Chastanet wrote.
Last week he announced that the St Jude Hospital Reconstruction project was well underway with over 300 tonnes of steel being prepared and laid for the foundation of the project.
Chastanet said approximately 60 construction workers are currently employed on the site and this number will increase significantly as work progresses.
With regard to the Owen King EU Hospital, the PM disclosed that work is ongoing to remedy the air condition and electrical issues which have delayed the full opening.
“We are moving ahead with the recruitment of local staff to fill some of the vacancies in preparation for the full opening,” he observed.
The government has been under fire from the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) over the state of health care on the Island.