Mongouge, Richfond, Saltibus and Ti Rocher Castries were handed over to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs (and Ministry of Equity). Retrofitting of the facilities was completed by the contractors AIG Construction Ltd, Lawrence Associates Ltd and Phoenix Construction Limited.
These 12 facilities were part of a group of 15 health care facilities in St Lucia retrofitted to become safer, greener, and more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. The other three upgraded health centres already officially handed over to the Government of St Lucia were the Wellness Centres at Mon Repos, Desruisseaux and Belle Vue. A full SMART design for the La Clery Wellness Centre was also provided to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs -so celebrations mark a total of 16 Health care facilities benefitting from the programme with designs and upgrades to reduce the risk caused by natural hazards and climate change – a major transformation of the national health facility network.
Monchy Wellness Centre, the venue for this handover, was chosen as the small facility with the highest score for safety and green-ness in the post-retrofit assessments done in 2020. Vieux Fort Wellness Centre received a full upgrade to reach the project ‘gold’ SMART health facility standard. Three facilities received a full SMART retrofit including – Comfort Bay Senior Citizens’s Home and the Transit Home for Children.