“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs is closely monitoring the Tropical Storm Warning
and Hurricane Watch associated with Tropical Storm Bret as issued on June 21, 2023 by the Saint Lucia
Meteorological Services and the National Emergency Management Organization. While hurricanes are
associated with strong winds, persons must be prepared for the multiple hazards including heavy rain,
flash flooding and storm surges, among others, associated with hurricanes. In addition, there is the risk
for contamination of potable water supply and food leading to gastroenteritis.
The Ministry of Health would like to assure the public that it stands ready to respond to events
associated with tropical storm Bret. The hospitals and the Primary Health Care Services have put
contingency plans in place to ensure the delivery of essential services across the island before, during
and after the storm.
Persons will be able to access services at the hospitals. The Dennery Hospital and the Gros Islet
Polyclinic which usually close at midnight, will now be providing 24- hour services starting today June 22,
2023 until further notice. The Soufriere Hospital will continue providing 24 -hour services to the public.
The other wellness centers will be closed at 1:00 p.m. today Wednesday June 22, 2023 until the All-Clear
is given by NEMO.
The Ministry of Health encourages the public to take personal responsibility to preserve their safety and wellbeing. Persons must keep checking NEMO for updates on the progress of the storm and whether
they should evacuate or stay at home. It is critical to know the location of your nearest emergency
Persons with chronic illnesses that require long term use of medication must ensure they have at least
one-month supply of medication. Medication, prescriptions and medical supplies must be stored in a
water –proof container. Persons must pay attention to NEMO and WASCO for Water advisory. The Ministry encourages everyone to stay safe during the passage of the storm. For information relating to your health issues, contact the nearest active health facility.”
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