SLP spokesperson for health and Vieux-Fort North MP, Moses ‘Musa’ JnBaptiste, has called for a halt on work being carried out at the George Odlum Stadium which currently houses the St. Judes Hospital.
JnBaptiste said that the operation poses a clear occupational health and safety hazard. He urged that safer and more professional means be used to bring temporary relief to patients, medical staff and the public.
He disclosed many reports of health related incidents connected to the fibreglass material breakage by contractors have been received.
“Those reports have increased over the last two days with a medical doctor publicly confirming her own experience with exposure to the fibreglass particles emanating from the current work on the roof of the National Stadium,” he stated.
JnBaptiste said that the SLP is ‘alarmed’ that the UWP government allows the contractor to continue work on the roof, even after many daily reports are surfacing of the negative effects on the health of patients, visitors and staff.
“The Saint Lucia Labour Party is calling on the administration of the hospital and representatives of the workers to ensure that the work is stopped until adequate safeguards are taken to protect the well-being of the workers and patients,” he declared.
According to JnBaptiste, the government continues to show a callous disregard for the health and safety of the people, while they try to achieve their ‘self-serving political agenda’.