PHOTO: Japanese Ambassador makes presentation to St. Jude's Chairman (Dr Ulric mondesir (right)
St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider serving the southern half of St Lucia, is the recipient of a grant totaling EC$220,000 from the Government of Japan.
The grant was presented by Japanese Ambassador Mr. Mitsuhiko Okada to St Jude Hospital Chairman, Dr Ulric Mondesir, during an official signing ceremony on February 23, 2017, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
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 Management of St Jude says the availability of a new ambulance represents a critical component to the hospital’s healthcare service delivery. As the main healthcare facility servicing the Hewanorra International Airport, 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.