Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Govt eyes December 2020 opening for St Jude Hospital

The Government of Saint Lucia is eyeing a December 2020 opening for the St Jude Hospital.

“There is a new wing that was introduced and of course the project as it continues is integrated with existing buildings on the site,” Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Development, Claudius Emmanuel told reporters this week.

“With the structural frame continuing into May, we anticipate that by October we will move to the next phase which is MEP which is mechanical, electrical and plumbing services and so we anticipate that by November 2020 there will be a handing over or transition with the Ministry of Health our counterparts moving in to ensure we can have a functioning hospital that hopefully can open to the public by Christmas 2020,” he said.

The hospital when completed will be equipped with 90 beds; an increase from 68 beds before the 2009 fire which gutted the health facility in the south of the island.

“The proposed facility is going to be about nine and a half thousand meters. Funding for the St Jude’s Reconstruction Project (SJRP), is some US $20 million which is from a loan which Saint Lucia is in the process of finalizing with the Chexim Bank of the Republic of China,” Emmanuel said.

According to him, the SJRP is approximately 40 per cent completed.

The main contractor on the project is Overseas Engineering and Construction Company; a Taiwanese based company, with the sub-contractor being Fresh Start out of Saint Lucia.

The Development Control Authority (DCA) has approved the project and as of December 2019, architectural designs were approved with full designs pending with full costing expected by the end of January 2020.

During his New Year’s address to the nation in January 2020, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said, “The St Jude Hospital continues at a rapid pace.”

Construction on the hospital was discontinued in 2018 but resumed in February 2019.

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