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Monday, September 21, 2009 As efforts to restore and renovate the Saint Jude's Hospital in Vieux- Fort continue, Taiwanese Construction Firm, Hold Year, is completing finishing touches on the new National Wellness and Mental Hospital along the Millennium Highway in Castries.


Health Minister Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir says the Taiwanese are on schedule to hand over the new hospital to the government and people of Saint Lucia next month. Dr. Mondesir says the new facility will revolutionise mental healthcare in Saint Lucia.


”We are proud to say that we have not only a state-of-the-art physical structure, but we also have the required staff composition to deliver quality mental health care to the people of Saint Lucia, so we are training the staff. We are also going to have a very professional approach to treating our people who are deprived of mental stability,” Dr. Mondesir added.


In preparation for the new National Wellness and Metal Hospital, the Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, along with private sector partners are continuously providing training for technocrats and other personnel who will be responsible for managing the facility.


The Health Minister says the ongoing training workshops will ensure that Health Officials are ready and able to operate adequately given the challenges of a state-of-the-art hospital.


“Many times you find contractors handing over a completed project and you have to find where the plugs are etc. In this case, we are dealing with professionals. Recently, we also  had a team from the Dalhousie University who came to help us set up our policies, clinical guidelines and various administrative aspects of the new hospital,” said the Health Minister.


Meanwhile, Dr. Mondesir says he will host the media on a tour of the site for the new general hospital soon, to allow the citizenry to be updated on the progress of construction works thus far. The Health Minister says he expects  the new general hospital to be completed and ready for use in thirty-three months.

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