EIB gives funds for St. Lucia’s well being sector

The European Funding Financial institution (EIB) is offering a Euro14 million (One Euro=US$1.29 million) mortgage to strengthen St. Lucia’s well being sector, construct capability and prepared the island for impending well being associated emergencies.

“This mortgage will help us, not solely in strengthening our well being system, but additionally strengthen us in paying a few of our commitments that we incurred throughout COVID. We nonetheless have many commitments. We nonetheless need to pay for isolation services, we nonetheless need to pay for medicines, and we have now to strengthen our well being techniques,” Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre stated on the signing ceremony on Monday.

“This mortgage is well timed, it’s applicable,’ Pierre added.

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EIB Vice-President, Ricardo Felix, who’s main a delegation to the island, stated the EIB promotes the European Union’s values of freedom, democracy, and solidarity in and inside Europe.

“We all know it is usually our values shared with our Caribbean pals and we all know properly {that a} common well being care system with high quality at reasonably priced costs is vital for a totally developed democracy,” stated Felix, who’s on his first official go to to the area that will even take him to Barbados.

“Nobody is free if fundamental well being shouldn’t be ensured and guarded by common well being care,” he stated, including that it’s crucial to step up actions to strengthen the well being care techniques “to arrange them for challenges that…it’s not if they arrive, however when will they arrive.

Well being Minister Moses Jn Baptiste instructed the ceremony that there’s a must strengthen the island’s major well being services including “this was very obvious as a result of we understand that regardless that COVID-19 and all of its ramifications needed to be handled on the secondary stage…the first help system could be very instrumental in helping with disasters”.

He stated the federal government recognized the necessity to supply exterior monetary help to implement the measures which had been recognized and due to this fact opted to make the most of the EIB’s funds to help in constructing resilience inside the well being sector.




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