The medical community in Dominica is now mourning the death of one of their own, Dr. Phillip St. Jean.

DNO understands that Dr. St. Jean passed away last night.

The cause of death is unknown.

Dr. St. Jean was involved in the primary health care sector in Dominica and served as District Medical Officer for the Roseau Health District.

He was instrumental in implementing the Miracle Eye Mission, a program sponsored by the Governments of Venezuela and Dominica, which provides eye care for the less fortunate.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux said he is saddened by the passing of Dr. St. Jean since has known him for a number of years.

He said Dr. St. Jean was a person who was quiet, honest and unassuming. He said he was a very bright and competent physician.

“I think this needs to be underscored,” he stated.

Dr. Darroux also said a point to be underscored is that no one knows the hour when life on earth ends.

“I have been informed that he went through the day routinely, he did his full clinic, clear his quota of patients at the Roseau Health Center only to be taken to the Accident and Emergency Department later that evening and succumbing,” he stated.

He extended condolences to the family and friends of Dr. St. Jean

“So I would really like to reach out to the family and friends to let them know that we at the Ministry of Health and myself as the minister that whatever way we can, we are able to assist them to help them cope with their grief and to make this very difficult time for them a bit more bearable,” Dr. Darroux stated. “Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.”