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The Soufriere Hospital was again the scene of another fire within one month, this time causing extensive structural damage and the loss of vital pieces of equipment and supplies.

The incident occurred on December 7th, nearly four weeks after a section of the facility was damaged on 9th November 2017.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Merlene Fredericks and other senior health officials arrived on the scene to assess the extent of the damage and to put in place an emergency plan of action for the continuation of health services to the people of Soufriere and Environs.

The CMO stated, "We lost the mental health section, the maternity section, a fully stocked storeroom with medical supplies. We also lost some new 10th European Development Funded equipment."

Investigations have began into the cause of the fire and though the Primary Healthcare Section of the hospital was not damaged, all salvageable items within the facility will immediately be removed and relocated until both the investigation and an assessment of the damage has been completed.

The CMO also reported that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has been alerted about the fire as replacement supplies and equipment may need to be procured.

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