Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fifth Dead Body Discovered

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police lineSaint Lucia police have recorded the discovery of yet another dead body, making this the fifth so far for 2013.  The body was discovered about 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 29 at Cul De Sac.

The partially decomposed body has been identified as 26-year-old Randy Simon. Originally from Soufriere, Simon resided at Monkey Town in Ciceron. Cause of death has not yet been determined.

Among the causes of death for other bodies discovered this month are snake bite and drowning.

Just this Monday, about 9am, the body of 37-year-old Ian Frederick Inglis of Bisee was discovered near Choc Beach. A subsequent post mortem determined the cause of death to be drowning.

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Petroleum Price Change Effective January 28, 2013

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In keeping with the scheduled review of prices under the modified market pass-through system for fuel, effective Monday, January 28, 2013, the prices of the following fuel products in Saint Lucia will remain unchanged as follows:

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS RETAIL PRICES
Gasoline $3.41  per litre or $15.49 per gallon
Diesel $3.38  per litre or $15.36 per gallon
100 Pounds Cylinder LPG $269.48 per 100 pound cylinder
20 Pound Cylinder LPG $34.20 per 20 pound cylinder
Bulk LPG $5.92  per kilogram

However, the price of kerosene will increases from $2.72 to $2.77 per litre.

Based on the above prices, the government is continuing to subsidize the 20 pound cylinder of cooking gas (LPG) at a rate of $18.30 per cylinder for the next three months. This is projected to cost the government roughly $2.8 million for that period.

Government continues to subsidize the 20 pound cylinder of cooking gas (LPG)

Government continues to subsidize the 20 pound cylinder of cooking gas (LPG)

Fuel prices in Saint Lucia compares favourably to current prices in the Eastern Caribbean countries for most products. The table below shows the fuel prices (in EC$) for the various Caribbean countries as of Friday, January 25, 2013:

Country

Gasoline

Diesel

20lb LPG

100lb LPG

Per Imperial Gallon

Per Cylinder

Antigua & Barbuda

$14.99

$15.20

$32.00

$155.00

Anguilla

$18.31

$14.15

$59.00

$228.00

Dominica

$14.33

$14.26

$33.58

$162.92

Grenada

$15.61

$15.56

$45.00

$269.49

Montserrat

$17.50

$13.45

$38.20

$191.00

St. Kitts & Nevis*

$15.50

$16.00

$30.00

$140.00

St. Lucia

$15.49

$15.36

$34.20

$269.48

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

$15.06

$13.78

$41.80

$197.00

*Average of Sol EC Ltd and Delta.

The public is further notified that the next price change will be due on April 22, 2013.

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Grande Riviere Youth Charged for Causing Death

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On Thursday 24 January 2013, 22 year old Tevin James also known as Jingles of Grande Riviere, Gros Islet appeared before the First District Court to answer to the charges of Causing the Death of 25 year old Danley Leon and the Attempted Murder of 22 year old Bevon Charlemagne.

He was remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility until Thursday February 21, 2013.Police Handcuffs

The said incident occurred on Saturday 19 January 2013 about 10:30pm at Corinth, Gros Islet. Tevin James was accused of fatally stabbing Danley Leon and injuring Bevon Charlemagne during an altercation.

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Soufriere police continues fight against Marijuana cultivation

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Marijuana cultivation is illegal in Saint Lucia

Marijuana cultivation is illegal in Saint Lucia

On Wednesday 16 January 2013, Officers attached to the Soufriere Police Station conducted an eradication exercise on a Marijuana Plantation at Ravine Clear, Soufriere.

During the exercise a total of Sixteen Thousand and Eight (16,008) Marijuana seedlings and Two Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty (2,260) grown Marijuana plants were destroyed. The Police also seized a white bucket of compressed Marijuana.

Also, on Tuesday 22 January 2013, they also conducted eradication exercises on two other plantations at Migny in Fond St Jacques, Soufriere.

A total of Eight Thousand Five Hundred (8,500) seedlings and Three Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty (3,650) fully grown plants were destroyed.

No one was arrested in relation to either exercise.

BOSVG’s Initial Public Offering Closes January 25, 2013!

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BOSL Global InvestmentsThe Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Limited, a subsidiary of Eastern Caribbean Financial Holdings Ltd, (ECFH) offers for sale 2,000,000 common shares in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) scheduled for December 27, 2012 to January 25, 2013. The shares on offer are a partial divestment of the holdings of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and will be sold at $8.64 with at a minimum of 50 shares increasing in 5 unit increments thereafter. Please click here to access the prospectus which will provide you with additional information.

Application forms may be lodged at ECFH Global Investment Solutions Limited located on the 5th floor, Financial Centre Building, Bridge Street, Castries. You may also contact Deesha Lewis at 758 456-6884 or Dianne Augustin at 758 457 7233 or emailcapitalmarkets@ecfhglobalinvestments.com.

Minister for Health Welcomes Ambassador Barford

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On behalf of MOH I wish to welcome Ambassador Barford and his wife to our beautiful and sunny St. Lucia, and to our NNH complex facility which comprises the New National Hospital, The Mental Wellness Centre as well as Turning Point Drug Rehabilitation Centre. It is good to have you here Ambassador although we are sorry that you will not have time to take it some of our lovely and exciting West Indies T20 Cricket.

On behalf of the government and people of St. Lucia, I wish to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to the European Union, represent

This project is the brainchild of our Honourable Prime Minister in his plan for Comprehensive Health Care for the people of St. Lucia. We thank him for his vision.ed here today by Ambassador Barford; for this new hospital which will be handed over to the government and people of St. Lucia in the coming months.

It is very important that we recognize the immense contribution made by the European Union to our Health Sector: 

This hospital, which is funded by the European Union and the Government of St. Lucia, is the single, largest investment made by the European Union possibly in the Caribbean, costing over EC 167, million dollars for construction and equipping.

The completion of the New National Hospital will mark a significant milestone for my ministry and my government in our quest to provide an improved quality of health care services to the people of St. Lucia as well as visitors in a state of the art facility.

The Ministry of Health has also benefited from the European Union funded, National Strategic Plan for Health which was released in 2005 and again in the coming months, will be significant benefits to the Health sector under the 10th European Development Fund which amounts to over six million Euros and which will go towards training programmes and the strengthening of Primary Health Care Services.

This New National Hospital when completed will provide modern, quality care to all in St. Lucia. It will be supported by the augmentation of services at the Wellness Centers and Primary Care Facilities, with greater emphasis on primary prevention, specifically through health promotion and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. 

 The overall objective of this facility is the provision of improved secondary care services in Saint Lucia. These services will include:

Outpatient Care: Accident and Emergency, Observation beds, General outpatient clinic, Orthopedics Clinic, Ophthalmology Clinic, ENT Clinic, Children’s outpatient Clinic, STI Clinic, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, Day Surgery/Investigation Unit, Dialysis Unit

Inpatient Care: General Acute Wards, Children’s Wards, Obstetrics Wards, Gynecology Wards, Special Care Baby Unit, Intensive Care Unit.

Diagnosis and Treatment: Pathology Laboratory, Radiology, Operating theatres, Delivery Suite, Physiotherapy.

Medical Support: Pharmacy, Central Sterile Supply, Medical Records, Offices and Library, Mortuary

General Support: Hospital Administration, other Administration, Meeting Rooms, Main Entrances/shops, Chapel, Telephones, Building Maintenance, Laundry, Kitchen, Staff Dining, Goods Receipt/Distribution, On-Call Suite, Staff Changing Rooms.

Upon completion of construction phase, this facility is scheduled to undergo a process of commissioning for a period of approximately 6 months.  This commissioning process will include activities such as equipping, outfitting of kitchen and laundry, signage among others.

 

In the coming months the MOH along with other agencies and partners will continue to address significant issues pertaining to Public Relations, Statutorisation and Governance, Legislation,  Budget and finance, Information Technology, Change Mangement issues, Human Resources, Operational policies and procedures, transition and occupancy Decommissioning of Victoria Hospital.

The staff of the Ministry of Health will continue to work diligently to ensure these systems are implemented in a timely and through manner. This process will involve consulting and collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, Government agencies and departments. This will be a Labour of Love to realize a product which we all will be proud of.

 

In closing, we wish to acknowledge the significant work of former Ambassador Diaz and his team since the inception of this project and as well as Ambassador Barford who is committed to its continuation. Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and staff of his Ministry for support, guidance and of course resources.

Other ministries and department heads, staff members and partners. I wish to commend specially the hard working staff of the Ministry of Health.

EU Infrastructure Programme Officer

Sir Frederick Snow Site Supervisor

Senior Manager INSO

NAO’s Office

All who continue to make invaluable contributions towards the realization of this healthy dream. We look forward with great anticipation for its opening as we continue to recognize the time, talents and treasures of the EU and the government of St. Lucia.

I thank you    

New Year’s Address by Honourable Minister for Health and Wellness

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My government’s plans for the Health sector in St. Lucia are based on six major objectives which are outlined in the 2011 Blue Print for Growth.

The first objective clearly refers to “The strengthening of Primary Health Care at the community level.”

Honourable Minister Alvina Reynolds

Honourable Minister Alvina Reynolds

The Ministry of Health, wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations is committed to improving access of all residents to quality health care services in a comfortable, safe and conducive environment.

That’s why today we are pleased to be able to reopen this newly renovated facility to continue the delivery of health care to the residents of Entrepot, Marchand and surrounding communities in the Castries East Constituency.

To the Parliamentary Representative Hon Philip J Pierre, staff of Entrepot and Health Centre, residents and persons who access health services at the facility, we wish to thank you for your patience and cooperation which you exhibited during the renovation period.

Renovation on this facility commenced in February 2012 and we know it may have been difficult for you as you serve a fairly large population especially since the decommissioning of the Marchand Health Centre and the relocation of services to Entrepot. We also wish to express thanks to the owner of our temporary facility where the health services were delivered during this period.

We are truly grateful to the World Bank for financing this project and the staff of the Project Coordinating Unit for coordinating, guiding, consulting and of course adding pressure to ensure this work was completed in a timely and efficient manner.

At the Ministry, we share of the view that significant investments which are made to physical infrastructure must be supported with similar investments in other health systems such as:

Human resources, Health Information systems, preventative maintenance, referral networks, strengthening of prevention and promotion initiatives and reintroduction of the community mental health programme.

The Ministry of health will continue to work diligently to ensure these systems are implemented within the period of time identified through our planning process.

Speaking of investments in other health systems, I am sure most of you became aware of Cabinet’s decision as it pertains to supporting junior doctors in their quest to become specialist consultants in various fields such as psychiatry, oncology, gynecology and obstetrics. These investments are all in an effort to deliver quality health care for all citizens.

I wish to encourage residents of Entrepot, Marchand and surrounding areas to make use of this facility and the wide range of services which are offered here. These include: Sexual and Reproductive health including ante natal and post natal services, family planning services, Child and Adolescent Health Services including Immunization, Child Development assessments, School health and Teen Health, Chronic Non Communicable Diseases Management and Prevention, Communicable diseases.

Weekly Diabetes and Hypertension clinics, Foot care, Physical Activity Programme, Community Screening, Walk in service,

I am also pleased to announce that this facility is the only Health Centre in the north which is equipped to offer A Hearing Health Care Clinic, school health and screening for school children in the north.

I also encourage you to work along with staff and take care of them as they take care of you. It is through education, partnership and collaboration that we can achieve better health for all.

In the coming months, we look forward to the formal opening of the Babonneau Health Centre and the expansion of the La Guerre Health Centre. We are also responding to the urgent situations in Ti Rocher, Micoud and Dennery.

The MOH wishes to you Minister Pierre, Permanent Secretary and the staff of your Ministry of Infrastructure for the vital role which your ministry played in the renovation process. We look forward to better communication and collaboration between staff of our departments as we persevere to achieve timely completion of facilities and the continuation of services in health to the population.

We all know that the issues of health are like no other. When other services can wait for one hour, a sick and pained individual in any traumatic situation cannot and should not wait one minute. That is why is so important for this collaboration before decision are taken as it pertains to repairs, designs and building of health care facilities.

To the staff of Entrepot Health Centre I encourage you to continue to educate, teach, preach, using various creative strategies to bring about positive behaviour change in the lives your service users.

We need to develop healthier lifestyle practices.  Diet, Exercise, exposure to smoke, alcohol and illegal drugs, regular screening and testing for early detection and early interventions to be undertaken. When all these are done, it will surely be less stressful, we would save much more money and spend less time at a health care facility.

No child (in the womb and outside), no woman, no man should be left out when it comes to better health. It is a basic need and of course your right as a citizen. But health care is first of all a personal decision, personal responsibility we can do so much to prevent life style diseases. Today, I implore all of you here and all St. Lucians to take the necessary steps to protect your health…Physical, Mental, Psychological/Emotional (less violence interactions), Sexual and Spiritual. Work with your caregivers, ask questions, get involved in the preventative programmes and activities. This will ultimately help us achieve our goal of a healthier nation. Thank you.