The US-based College of Vermont (UVM) is conducting a survey to find out the impression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on households in numerous communities, the St. Lucia authorities has confirmed.
The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Enterprise Improvement, Cooperatives and Client Affairs, mentioned a contingent of 19 college students and two professors has arrived to conduct the survey, which is meant to collect information from 400 households within the communities of Gros-Islet, the capital, Castries, and the southern cities of Soufriere and Vieux Fort.
The four-day train will finish on Thursday and “might be within the type of face-to-face interviews and the completion of a brief questionnaire,” the ministry mentioned.
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“The precious information collected throughout this survey will assist to enhance insurance policies and selections aimed toward addressing the wants of households. We subsequently solicit the cooperation of most of the people to make sure the success of this train,” the ministry mentioned, including that the Burlington, Vermont based mostly college has aided the island in a number of initiatives since 2004. Together with the set up of a hydro energy unit and the launch of a Mangrove Eco-System mission.
St. Lucia has recorded 409 deaths and 29,759 infections for the reason that first COVID case was registered in March 2020.
In his broadcast to the nation on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre mentioned he wished to put on report his thinks to the varied stakeholders together with the COVID Administration Committee “for his or her assist and cooperation in our battle with the pandemic.
“It looks as if a very long time in the past, however at precisely this time final yr, we had been making ready for the onslaught of the fifth wave of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in our nation. It was a really troublesome and unsure interval for our nation, with an financial system that had been severely affected for 2 years.
“We persevered with the duty of combating the Omicron variant and by the second half of 2022, he mentioned, urging the inhabitants to “take a second to recollect the various households who had been left in grief over family members, taken from them too quickly and with little warning by this COVID virus”.