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Thursday, January 29, 2009 – A new agreement signed between the Government of Saint Lucia and two main international health organisations will ensure the country continues to receive financial and technical assistance from those organisations.

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and World Health Organisation (WHO), through the renewed agreement, will be able to conduct their affairs on the island without issue and unnecessary red tape.

It is a facility, which Prime Minister the Honourable Stephenson King said, will only work in the best interest of the country as the Ministry of Health seeks to provide Saint Lucians with the best quality of health care.

“We signed such an agreement to allow the organisations to do their work and to allow them to enjoy the privileges that they are accustomed to in order to provide excellent public health in conjunction with the Ministry of Health,” said Prime Minister King.

A team of PAHO and WHO officials headed by the organisations’ Eastern Caribbean Representative Gina Watson, was this week working out finer details on a technical programme of assistance for the island for the new period of cooperation.

“Our organisation has been committed and has a long standing history of providing technical cooperation with Saint Lucia. We strive to continue in your best interest, based on your priorities and the resources that are coming from other sources,” said the PAHO/WHO official.

The facility, which gets renewed at the end of each period of cooperation in all countries of the Caribbean Community and OECS, has been in existence since 1949.

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