EU / PAHO re­ceives up­date on Com­mis­sion­ing of OKEUH

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Health and Well­ness held a high level meet­ing to dis­cuss plans for com­mis­sion­ing the Owen King EU Hos­pi­tal with the EU, PAHO, the Na­tional Au­tho­riz­ing Of­fice and the Com­mis­sion­ing Team for the Mil­len­nium Heights Med­i­cal Com­plex. EU/PAHO of­fi­cials were in­ter­ested in gain­ing a firmer un­der­stand­ing of the over­all plan and progress to date for op­er­a­tional­iz­ing the new fa­cil­ity.

Dr. To­nia Frame, the EU's Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer for Health for the Eastern Caribbean, OECS and CARI­COM said this meet­ing was help­ful, as it was con­vened ahead of a planned meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter of St. Lu­cia and the heads of the EU in Brussels.

"We've got­ten a lot of in­for­ma­tion. Many ar­eas have be­come clear. I think more and more each day as we work to­gether with the NAO of­fice and the Min­istry of Health we're gain­ing more con­fi­dence that things are be­gin­ning to pick up and hope­fully very soon that we would see the hos­pi­tal be­ing opened to the peo­ple of St. Lu­cia. So we've re­ally had an ex­cel­lent meet­ing to­day."

The near three-hour meet­ing took in pre­sen­ta­tions on health sec­tor fi­nanc­ing, the pro­posed Es­sen­tial Pack­age of Health Ser­vices un­der Uni­ver­sal Health Care and the progress made thus far in com­mis­sion­ing the new hos­pi­tal.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Health, Fe­lix St. Hill was pleased with the out­come of the meet­ing which he felt re­flected the hard work put in by the Min­istry of Health in mov­ing to­wards full com­mis­sion­ing of the new hos­pi­tal.

"Def­i­nitely go­ing for­ward we are con­tin­u­ing with our ini­tia­tives. As a mat­ter of fact a team from the Min­istry of Health will be trav­el­ing to Mar­tinique over the week­end again to fur­ther our ob­jec­tives, but of course very im­por­tant for the EU is the fact that we should have more of these meet­ings be­cause some­times you have in­for­ma­tion gaps where the par­ties are not aware of what ex­actly we are do­ing or where do we go from here."

The EU and PAHO Of­fi­cials of­fered fur­ther as­sis­tance to the Min­istry of Health in var­i­ous ar­eas as it per­tains to the com­mis­sion­ing ef­forts. An­other meet­ing is sched­uled for De­cem­ber ahead of the Christ­mas Sea­son.

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