Deceased. Dr. Jacobs. Photo compliments Marpin 2K4 news room.

Acting President of the Dominica Medical Association Dr. Hazel Shillingford-Ricketts says the death of Dr. Francesca Jacobs is a big loss for primary health care on the island.

Jacobs passed away Thursday morning and officials are still trying to determine the cause.

“We knew that she had a medical condition she was born with and despite of all that she did well for herself. She did medicine; she came back, she worked in the primary health care system, she worked in St Joseph for a number of years, following this she went away to further her studies. She returned and was employed as the director of primary health care. She had just started getting things in order and to lose her now is a blow to the sector,” according to Dr. Shillingford-Ricketts.

Matron at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Letisha Lestrade-Wyke said Jacobs’ death is a sad day for medical professionals and a loss for the health sector.