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A total of sixteen health facilities in Saint Lucia will undergo various degrees of improvement to make them disaster resilient and environmentally sound.

The Pan American Health Organization made the announcement after a thorough period of data collection and analysis of the 34 health facilities in Saint Lucia.

The Ministry of Health, together with PAHO and the UK government has approved the priority listing of health facilities. Five of the facilities were selected for retrofitting including Comfort Bay Senior Citizens Home; Vieux Fort Polyclinic; Transit Home for Children; Castries Health Center and La Clery Health Center. Another 12 facilities will undergo specific smart interventions to support energy and water conservation efforts.

Selection of the facilities and the retrofitting works are being guided by detailed assessments and a team of regional experts under the supervision of Regional Advisor and Project Manager Dr. Dana van Alphen.

The works proposed for the first facility, the Comfort Bay Senior Citizens Home, include improving the roof, fire safety and electrical distribution systems, energy efficient lighting and ventilation quality throughout the facility, providing solar water heaters, rain water harvesting and a photo voltaic system. Additionally, for the improved safety of patients and those with disabilities, handrails will be provided along all corridors and the tiled floors will be etched to ensure they are not slippery when wet.
The Smart Health Care Facilities in the Caribbean project is being supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International development (UKaid DFID) in the amount of US$38.3 million and implemented through the PAHO Health Emergencies Department in partnership with the Ministries of Health.
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