....... assistance for the improvement of
services at the Victoria Hospital
Thursday, May 24, 2007 – Saint Lucia's main health institution – Victoria
Hospital - recently received a donation of 38 beds from the Destiny Group of
Companies headed by Canadian businessman, David Singh.
The Canadian businessman who has been associated with the business sector here
for over four years now is on island with a group of 100 business associates to
explore both the business climate and the natural beauty of the island. Singh
believes corporations should not just concentrate on profit making but should
gives back to the community.
“ These are really high quality beds 38 beds and the minute they got here
they've been distributed to the patients. We just spoke to the nurses, they said
there's such an acute shortage of beds that they needed them immediately so the
beds which are excellent quality, all electric beds so these beds are going to
last for many, many years.”
The businessman has offered his business hand to Saint Lucia and is already
offering more assistance to the 150 bed institution. This was announced by a
members of the Canadian visitors paramedic Raul Singh.
“ we'd like to announce the donation of a hundred hospital beds, so far 38 have
been brought here and along with these beds we want to bring some mattresses
down for the folks as well so starting the 31st of May if anybody wants to flex
their muscles we can use some voluntary help. We are going to be loading another
set of 200 beds to be distributed around the world, and of that number we are
going to commit 100 of them to come here.”
The group of benefactors also requested that the hospital provide them with a
wish list for assistance needed for the country. Mr. Singh himself said he
observed there was no cafeteria on the compound and pledged to have one
Other pledges were made for equipment to the neonatal ward including incubators,
paramedic training and disaster response support. To top off their list of
commitments Mr. Singh and his group of business partners indicated an offer of
2.2 million dollars worth of essential medication to the government of Saint
Lucia via the locally based Universal Health Care Trust- a business arm of the
destiny Group in Saint Lucia.