EU donates equipment to new St Lucia hospital
CASTRIES, St.Lucia, Aug. 24, CMC-The European Union (EU) has provided St. Lucia with EC$14.3 million worth of diagnostic equipment for the new National Hospital.
The donation is the first phase of the EU’s total contribution to the hospital valued at EC$32 million.
The equipment installed and tested so far are C.T. scanners, a mammography system and the general x-ray unit.
“We have not yet installed the MI unit,” Wendell Bernard, project engineer for the New National Hospital said.
“It is on island and we’re slowly moving to complete this installation, which should be fully completed by the end of September. It will take some time because there are very heavy pieces of equipment, and moving the parts—even from the port to the site—is a tedious one,” Bernard said.
Part of the equipment agreement is for the suppliers to provide training to the technicians who will be responsible for the maintenance of the equipment as well as the end users.
The training is on-going for the teams from the Victoria Hospital in the capital. A team from St. Jude Hospital in the south is also participating to ensure that all relevant personnel across public tertiary care institutions are trained.
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