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St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider serving the southern half of St Lucia, has received a grant totaling USD$81,162 from the Government of Japan. The grant was presented by the Japanese Ambassador to St Jude Hospital Chairman – Dr Ulric Mondesir during an official signing ceremony on February 23, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister in Castries.
The funds, obtained under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, will be used to procure a state of the art Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Ambulance. The ambulance will come equipped with a defibrillator, an electro-cardiogram (ECG), a ventilator, infusion pump, and Syringe pump.
The availability of a new ambulance represents a critical component to the hospital’s healthcare service delivery. As the main healthcare facility servicing the south of the island, the ambulance will help to ensure that St Jude Hospital can respond effectively in the unfortunate event of a mass casualty event. It will also facilitate the proper transfer of ventilated patients as well as patients in need of emergency diagnostic procedures not available in the South.
St Jude Hospital currently has two ambulances that were received second hand from a friendly overseas donor several years ago. However, those vehicles are no longer roadworthy and can only be driven on the hospital compound.
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