LOCAL AMPUTEES GET OVERSEAS SUPPORT

The Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Gros Islet on Friday donated a number of prosthetic components to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. The donation forms part of the Legacy Project of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet for 2019. For someone who has lost a limb through injury or illness, a prosthetic limb can mean living a life of independence, and thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Gros Islet and Winchester, a number of amputees on the island will once again be able to experience that…

PM URGES CAUTION IN LIGHT OF CONFIRMED SWINE FLU DEATH

St. Lucia has recorded its first case of the H1N1 virus or swine flu. The Department of Health and Wellness confirmed it was the cause of one of several recent deaths. This has prompted Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to appeal to the public not to take flu like symptoms lightly but to seek medical assistance immediately. The Prime Minister has also been commenting on the move by Trinidad and Tobago to impose stiffer penalties on firearm offenses and the likely impact of the Brexit on St. Lucia. The Department of…

STYROFOAM BAN TAKES EFFECT JUNE 1ST

June1,2019 is the date set to officially ban the use of Styrofoam containers here. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Sustainable Development at the Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture’s  quarterly meeting on Thursday. The meeting was held at the Financial Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine As the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture convened its quarterly meeting the membership was informed on the  organization’s  progress  on its business continuity plan in the aftermath of a disaster. Sales training was another area receiving attention Ministry of…

SLBWA SAYS SAINT LUCIANS MORE CONSCIOUS OF EYE HEALTH

The St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association is noticing that more people are becoming eye health conscious and are detecting eye conditions a lot earlier. The observation comes as the world prepares to Celebrate World Health Day on Sunday April 7th. Sunday April 7 is designated World Health Day.  The Day celebrates the World Health Organization’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The theme for World Health Day 2019  is “Universal health  coverage: everyone, everywhere”. The St. Lucia Blind…

MIN. OF HEALTH CONCERNED ABOUT PRESENCE OF H1N1 IN REGION

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of the H1N1 virus in the region but could not confirm its presence in St. Lucia. The revelation follows the deaths of two males recently which have been linked to respiratory illnesses. The H1N1 virus or swine flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. It is caused by the H1N1 influenza virus. The H1N1 virus is now considered a regular flu virus. It is one of the three viruses included in the regular seasonal flu vaccine. The two male…

MARKETING BOARD BACK IN BUSINESS

The St. Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) reopened its doors today Wednesday after the entity was shut down in March by the government. The SLMB is one of a few statutory bodies earmarked for closure and or restructuring by the government. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during his budget address in 2017 claimed the government agencies were not profitable and were deemed liabilities to taxpayers. Established in 1968, The Saint Lucia Marketing Board was created to address food marketing deficiencies which existed at the time. Its primary purpose was to encourage agricultural…

NEW PRESIDENT OF MEDICAL ASSOCIATION WANTS MEETING WITH GOV.

Newly elected President  of the St. Lucia Dental and Medical Association Dr. Merle Clarke is hoping to meet with Government at the soonest to discuss issues relating to the transition into the Owen King EU and St. Jude Hospitals.  This is at the top of a long list of issues affecting the health sector that he and the new executive of the association are hoping to raise with the administration. The new executive was elected last Saturday  The professional development of members of the Association is a  priority for newly…

PM SAYS CRIME & SUICIDE PREVENTION STILL PRIORITY AREAS

Crime and suicide, especially by young people, were among the topics addressed by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet as he delivered his address to Parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Chastanet promised that his Government would do more to bring about a reduction in both. Already the Ministry of Health is reporting a decrease in suicide figures over the last year. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet addressed the case of 51 year old Stan Pistol who was murdered at his place of business on March 13, 2019. Mr. Joseph operated a Cross Roads…

FACES OF CANCER HEAD RECOGNIZED FOR HER WORK

President of the Faces of Cancer organization Dorothy  Phillip received an award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,  in honour of her exceptional voluntary service supporting cancer patients and their families in Saint Lucia. The Prince of Wales presented the award on behalf of the Queen. President of the Faces of Cancer support group Dorothy Phillip says the  award is a true reflection of patriotism which requires giving selflessly.  She says the organization which is committed to  assisting underprivileged cancer patients has been achieving a lot with very little. The…

CRUISE PASSENGER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER FALL IN CITY

A cruise ship passenger had to be rushed to Victoria Hospital today, after falling on Jeremie Street in Castries. The EMT Service was summoned to Jeremie Street on Monday at approximately mid-day when a cruise ship passenger fell. The middle aged woman hurt her head and suffered other injuries to her face. She was assisted by some market vendors while others summoned the ambulance. Several other visitors witnessed the incident which they thought was unfortunate. Marteen McNey says she was impressed by the prompt response by the EMT’s. The middle…