Wednesday, April 5, 2006 – Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony
and Chinese Ambassador to Saint Lucia His Excellency Mr. Gu Huaming both
expressed similar wishes for the successful completion of the Mental Hospital
Facility but also voiced the desire for workers from China and St. Lucia to
share a pleasant experience as the two nations come together to bring the over
S20 million project to reality.
At the sod turning ceremony on April 3rd,the Prime Minister said there should be
an enriching exchange of cultures in an environment which is conducive to
“I want to emphasise especially to our construction firm that it is vitally
necessary that our St. Lucian workers are comfortable, it is vitally necessary
that our St. Lucian workers are put in an environment where they can give of
their very best. I say this in the hope that as the relationship deepens
whatever problems, that emerges from to time, could be resolved within a
framework of understanding and of course reasonableness on all sides.”
Prime Minister Anthony broadened the scope of his concern for the workers by
alluding to a recent situation requiring the intervention of the Department of
“It is for this reason that I am very pleased that the contractors responded
very, very quickly to the request by the government to ensure that wages here
were appropriately adjusted. I will of course, over time, continue to work to
ensure that this environment continues to be one where both sides can work
together in peace for the greater good of the country.''
His Excellency Mr. Gu Huaming expressed his confidence that the China based
Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company Limited will be able to efficiently
hand the project over to the Government and People of St. Lucia later this year.
Following the Office and Storage Buildings in the Vieux Fort Free Trade Zone and
the National Stadium, both of which were finished on schedule with good quality
and have benefited the Saint Lucian people a lot.
The Psychiatric Hospital is the third large project to be aided by the Chinese
Government since the two countries established diplomatic relations.
According to the contract, the Chinese contracting company’s staff and
materials arrived in Saint Lucia last November. “I am gratified that with the
efforts of the parties involved, the preparation work for the site of the
project is over and the ground work begins today. We sincerely hope that under
full support of the Saint Lucian Government and with the spirit of fearing no
hardships and challenges, Anhui Foreign Economy Construction Co. will overcome
every difficulty together with friends of all circles and finish the project on
time with good quality. A beautiful and modernized Psychiatric Hospital will
then be handed over to the Saint Lucian government and people, thus satisfying
all of us,” Gu Huaming said.
Upon completion, the Mental Health Facility will resemble a small housing scheme
consisting of six buildings overlooking a scenic and tranquil view of Caribbean
Meanwhile Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mr. Fidelis Williams
said the geographic location of the Mental Health facility is a very deliberate
selection on the part of government and their project team.
He says it symbolises the elevation in not only the standard of living but the
intention that persons requiring mental health treatment recover fully.
“We are well under way with our Health Reform Agenda,” Williams noted. It has
been a long road and there is still along way to go .However the sod turning
ceremony signifies one big step on that journey of hope, and one of creating a
better healing environment for those of us who are mentally challenged. You will
notice that the facility is perched on a hill over looking the peaceful
Caribbean Sea. This natural, peaceful environment is going to bring out the best
in those who nurture others to health, and also those who receive the nurturing
.It is our view that this is bound to have a calming effect on the mind.”
Mr. Williams disclosed that the new model of care will be reflected in the
physical structure of the hospital.
“Our objective is to place people in an environment which facilitates healing.
In the facility being constructed three levels of care will be provided. Acute
Care: these are patients who require a secure environment given of their
condition, who are severely mentally challenged and who may have the propensity
towards violence against their own persons or others. Assisted Living: Care will
be provided to patients who are recovering but are not well enough to care for
themselves completely. They will be closely supervised and monitored by medical
and other staff. Independent Living: Care will be provided to patients who have
recovered to such an extent that they can care for themselves by doing their own
The entire complex will comprise of an administrative building, acute care
facilities, staff facilities, and out-patient facilities. There will also be the
high dependency unit and four isolation rooms. Treatment buildings and six
independent buildings also feature on the plan.
The 6 independent buildings will comprise 48 assisted living units, and 36
independent living units. The complex will house approximately 104 patients