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Thursday, April 8, 2010 – Residents of Gros-Islet and environs who suffer from urinary problems and kidney disease will soon be able to receive quality medical treatment right in their back yard.


On Wednesday, parliamentary representative Honourable Lenard Montoute, along with other officials, held a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of a state-of-the-art URO/NEPHRO Centre of Excellence to compliment the work of the Gros-Islet Poly Clinic.


Mr. Montoute says the commissioning of the medical institution is a project of national interest in recognition of the importance and need for such medical services in the area.


In emphasising the importance of the project, he recalled an experience where one constituent passed away while on the waiting list for dialysis treatment.


“The services that will be provided immediately upon completion of the project is the services of a Neuro Nepho Centre, to allow patients from the north who need dialysis treatment to receive such treatment, making life easier for them whilst reducing the demand on the dialysis machines at the Victoria Hospital, and by so doing ensure that a few more people on the waiting list receive treatment.”


Health Minister Honourable Dr Keith Mondesir says such medical facilities position Saint Lucia as a world class destination which provides state of the art medical care to its citizens and visitors alike.


“When the opportunity arises with the MOH-AIMU, we grabbed it. We are thankful to this institution and its partners because they too are in the business of health; they are playing their part as good corporate and social partners. It is my hope that this centre will benefit our citizens and visitors to our country because it is located within the tourist hub.”


The URO/NEPHRO Centre of Excellence is being funded by the American International Medical University School of Medicine and the Washington Adventist University at a cost of US$1.25M.


The construction of the URO/NEPHRO Centre of Excellence is expected to be completed in six months.


The facility is expected to open to the public before the end of this year.

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