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Contact: Darnley Lebourne


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – The vision of the government of Saint Lucia for the health sector takes a major step forward with the official handing over ceremony of the new Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre. The ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 from 10:00 am.


The programme will feature remarks by the Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Investment, Hon. Rufus Bousquet and Minister for Health, Wellness, Family Affairs, National Mobilisation, Human Services & Gender Relations, Hon. Keith Mondesir. The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Tom Chou will also deliver remarks to the gathering, which will include Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy. Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King will deliver the feature address at tomorrow’s ceremony. This will be followed by the cutting of the ribbon by Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Prime Minister Stephenson King, and Taiwanese Ambassador, Tom Chou.


The commissioning of the new mental health facility will mark a major advancement towards the attainment of government’s goal, which is: “to optimize the health services available to Saint Lucians by improving both primary and secondary health care.”


The new mental health facility, which ranks as a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital, is among the most modern in the Caribbean. It was completed by the Taiwanese Government at a cost of EC $13 Million.


The new Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre features eighty four (84) beds for psychiatric patients, twenty four (24) beds for neurological patients, diagnostic centre for X ray, auditorium, merged kitchen, laundry, medical records, library rooms, administrative services for the Neuro-Psychiatric Centre and the new General Hospital (currently under construction) within close proximity of the Neuro-Psychiatric Centre.


The handing over of this new mental health facility bears further testimony of the valuable contributions being made by the Government of Taiwan which is impacting in a major way on national development and on the lives of ordinary St. Lucians.

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