Construction of Marigot Hospital could begin in next few months says PM Skerrit

Marigot residents and supporters protest outside the old Marigot hospital

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that in the next few months, there is a possibility of building a new hospital in the Marigot Health District.

In an interview with DBS Radio the Prime Minister stated that the Minister of Health will go to Margiot on Friday to visit the site.

“We are looking at the possibility of starting the Marigot Hospital with some of our own funds while we work with the government of Mexico and the funds they have assigned to us because I’m concerned about the schedule that has been submitted to the government by The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),” he said.

The prime minister  added that the minister for health, Dr. Kenneth Darroux,  along with his technical team, will be going to Marigot on Friday to visit the site with the team that’s being proposed to construct the hospital, “so that we can determine a more short-circuited approach to the realization of this commitment for the Marigot Health District.”

He continued, “Once they return back to me I will be in position to say and of course further consultation with the developer when we can in fact commence construction, but certainly we would like to commence construction in the next few months for the new Marigot Hospital and possibly we will use the funds from the Mexican government to build the Health Centre in Marigot or to equip the new Marigot Hospital that will build under a different dispensation.”

Opposition leader and parliamentary representative for the Marigot constituency, Lennox Linton, has in the past, called on the government to use some of the “significant amount” of revenue made from the Citizenship (CBI) by Investment Programme to build the Marigot hospital.

He suggested then, that the government find the 20 million dollars required to built the hospital from 1.1 billion EC dollars which he said the country had received from the CBI “in the last three financial years.”

In his statement on DBS, Skerrit also mentioned that the contract signing for the construction of over 10 new health centres across Dominica will done in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re looking at a rolling out signing of contracts for about between 10 and 12 health centers in Dominica and we’ll have a new health center in Penville, Vieille Casse, Anse Demai, Bellevue Chopin, Colihaut, Soufriere, Westly, Coulibistie, Mahaut, Newtown and there a few other areas,” he stated.

He said these health centres will include adequate space, doctors & nurses offices, examination rooms and attachment of residence to accommodate district nurses.

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40 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    May 7, 2019

    Jonathan y St. Jean.There is a former ASP who was suspended three times from the Police Force.one for beating a man in Mero two,for shooting a man in St.Joseph three,for the Murder or JNO ROSE LINDSAY of Mahaut.So please go clean your yard .Lea ve the Prime Minister alone lazy piece of S .I wonder what this former ASP is to. you?

  2. Mr. Ben Dover
    May 7, 2019

    even if they put the hospital tomorrow, too much damage has been done. too much time has passed, too much promises have been broken. I would let them put it, and still not vote for them in Marigot.

  3. Give us true answers
    May 6, 2019

    What will Darroux and his team find when they visit the Marigot site?
    That there is no need for the new hospital and health centre?
    We all know that the need for the health facility has been in existence for the last five years. They all agreed that funds from the Mexican government would finance it.
    What new evidence will the visit produce?

  4. UKDominican
    May 6, 2019

    The promise of the health centres sounds eerily familiar to those made my Alireza Monfared’s my Dominica trade company. Does anyone remember that ghost outfit and its promises?

  5. nOMOreLieS
    May 5, 2019

    If you believe him…. like this comment… if you don’t believe him, then dislike it

  6. LifeandDeath
    May 4, 2019

    Why does Skerrit feel the need to tell more untruths? We have heard similar nonsense concerning the international airport. Think critically my people. Has Skerrit confirmed that the architectural plans for the hospital 🏥 are complete?
    The truth is Skerrit has squandered his opportunity as Prime Minister, he has without a doubt put his own interests before those of the people he swore an oath to prioritize. #Lies

  7. Patriotic
    May 4, 2019

    I am very disappointed with DNO. Miss Charles is turning in her grave when you continue to behave unprofessional.
    Main reason l dont frequent ur site anymore

    • Pipo
      May 7, 2019

      Especially when you think Skerrit was a leading light in her freedom party in his youth.

  8. REAL!!!!
    May 4, 2019

    Skerrit it is simple time to go!!!!!!

    Stop planning for the Marigot Hospital and start to plan for your final departure from GOVT.

    The Villas did not take so much planning and possibilities!!!!!!

  9. Poor people governor
    May 4, 2019

    Who all u think all u fooling? A promise is a comfort to a fool. You all cant fool marigot people.

  10. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 4, 2019

    With so many broken promises I’ll believe it when I see it.

  11. Lin clown
    May 4, 2019

    UWP. Bunch of useless lazy in competent Traitorous idiots,you all he could not built stadium,highway schools,hospital,hotels.He could not do any anything.Yet you all are living in a new Dominica built by the Labour Party.Hundreds of foreigners are working here while your lazy Blue travelling leader say there are no jobs.A man who does not know what CARRICULUM VITAE is.The man does not know the difference between MAY HAVE and MUST HAVE.In the 70s and 80s Marigot was the land of Milk and Honey it was like Caanan everybody wanted to be from Marigot.Then comes two lazy incompetent idiots and they kill the village of milk and honey.These guys cannot fix Marigot is Dominica they can fix?

  12. Ittassi Too
    May 4, 2019

    “We’re looking at a rolling out signing of contracts for about between 10 and 12 health centers in Dominica and we’ll have a new health center in Penville, Vieille Casse, Anse Demai, Bellevue Chopin, Colihaut, Soufriere, Westly, Coulibistie, Mahaut, Newtown and there a few other areas,” he stated.

    That speaks volume people. Why should so many villages need a NEW health center after 20 yrs of DLP and is only now, on an eve of an election Roosevelt Skerrit is talking about signing contracts? Doesn’t that confirm that he is not concerned about us and our wellbeing as long as he gets our vote?

    But see the two villages on top of his list Penville and Vielle case. In the last three elections over 85% of Penville people voted for Skerrit and after 15 years you didn’t even take care of their health center? Your own village of Vielle Case, where you have your mansion you allowed our health Center to fall man? Yet you found money to pay JI to cross and enough to pay 13 new candidates?

  13. Conscious
    May 4, 2019

    After hearing of so much money given to people possibility is no news. This website should improve get documents and then post real news. That is getting people Hope’s up after 10 years of trying to get a hospital. Garbage news.

  14. Shd
    May 4, 2019

    Roosevelt Skerrit! Marigot people are not Donkeys…the majority are not that gullible. Stop play with our emotions. Give us PROPER health care services. Smdfh

  15. TJ
    May 4, 2019

    A needed hospital for the people of Marigot and the eastern villagers. As child I used to her of Marigot hospital only. Think about it, what happens if a plane should crash on landing, where it the help.

  16. RandyX
    May 4, 2019

    …and more empty promises from the crime minister! As usual well timed just before election. Dominicans wise up!!!

  17. Zammm
    May 4, 2019

    Hellllllo Pm, you think Dominicans stupid or what? You must not lead the people astray… Shame on you for yet another big fat lie..
    Alll of a sudden, you making noise with Lennox, then your nonesense about hospital in marigot. Mr Could, Dr could, I could, we could… The international Airport could begin on Sunday morning n be completed next weekkkkk… Another piece of comedy… If you soooo sure to win the election, goo easy my brother….. For years you have been fooling around with the people, now they see the light, they gonna stand up for their rights….
    You want to remain in power, get richer n Dominicans getting poorer?

  18. Braindamage
    May 4, 2019

    Some people got Degrees in front of their name and what… Skerrit has two? …but he is still fooling them around.

  19. Too much wickedness
    May 3, 2019

    There are too many WICKED, inhumane people in Dominica. So all the time , after 20 years, and MILLIONS made from the sales of our passports, there were no local funds? Darroux, a medical doctor has failed the people of Marigot and of dominica, by extension. Skerritt, under his watch, allowed the Marigot hospital to close down because of termite infestation. and even after that neglect, he still failed to build that new one. Health is not a priority for Skerritt and his DLP Cabal.

    Now that Skerrit is eyeing Caressa to go up for DLP and want to give him some thing to talk about, he is promising to build Marigot Health Centre. Isn’t that pure WICKEDNESS, to have an entire group of communities deprived of necessary health Care? They have ridiculed the NURSES who have been protesting for weeks, advocating for years, about conditions of work, lack of medicines etc. These DLP politicians are too Mischievous having denied the citizens proper health Care.

  20. Gouvelma
    May 3, 2019

    I note the areas where those clinics are proposes and I have concluded that those areas are areas where labor feels threatened and seem sure to lose so Skerritt is trying to fool/bribe them with facilities that are long over due. Do you have the money for those facilities? Is the contract signing going to be a photo opp like you had when you paraded contractors in Morne Jaune to make yourself look good and one year on not even foundations have been dug? If you do not have money to lay one block for Marigot hospital where is the money for those clinics coming from? Are they going to be modern facilities or plywood 10’×12′ huts. When will you respect Dominicans and stop lying and trying to fool them? Anyhow if for once you didn’t lie and money is available to construct those facilities, thanks. However you will not be the one cutting the ribbon to open any. You will have lost you seat, lost government and run away so you will watch it on TV. Your intentions are deceitful. Go way bwoy!

  21. The Blackheart Man From Marigot
    May 3, 2019

    “after further consultation with a developer” i don’t understand where a developer fits into a hospital project a developer is someone who develops projects for a financial return e.g hotels, malls, housing complex…Cambridge dictionary defines a developer as a person or company that makes money by buying land and building new houses, stores, or offices on it. are you saying the hospital is going to be privatized..

  22. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 3, 2019

    “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that in the next few months, there is a possibility of building a new hospital in the Marigot Health District.”( Roosevelt Skerrit).

    You know, I said something in regards to Roosevelt about two months ago in frustration in another forum.

    Some Dominican copied what I said and disseminated it on Face Book; their intention they say was for FBI to lock me up!  But, you see the frustration, when Roosevelt talk rubbish?The man is mentality ill: The Mexican Government, gave Dominica millions of dollars to construct (build) a new hospital in Marigot; what has this sick clown done with the money he received to build the hospital?
    “Possibility” simply implies a near chance of something occurring, not certain of happening!If the clown said there is a probability; that would imply, the ratio of a number of outcomes in an exhaustive set of equal likely outcomes that produce a given event.
    In other words probability implies most likely, or…

  23. TJ
    May 3, 2019

    A promise is a comfort to a fool. Let see if the P.M. can change that old quote.

  24. Frank N Stein
    May 3, 2019

    Alar all you help, the man gone mad. does he hear himself? Is he having a meltdown? This is serious. I know labourites cant say anything in public because of pride and they fraid their mepuis but they cant be comfy with all that craziness.

  25. PENNY
    May 3, 2019

    Just another day for this double doctor. He do right continue to fool alu. Alu to sort. The lady in Dominica who sang that song promises, Deserve an award. Double doctor keep fooling them is not your fault they allow you to do that to them.

  26. Neville
    May 3, 2019

    Wow, this man is desperate. Abra cadabra and he pulls another white rabbit out of a black hat. The man can’t be trusted!

  27. Dominican Citizen
    May 3, 2019

    A foolish people will perish… All these projects being proposed to come on stream including the rebuilding of the Marigot Hospital is a sign that elections is around the corner.

    Don’t be fooled people of Marigot and Dominica; don’t let Roosevelt Skerrit and the DLP take you for fools

  28. Pipo
    May 3, 2019

    Seriously, what site, where are the blueprints and cost schedule. Seeing is believing. Just like our airport. Has anyone seen the plans for that? All of a sudden mr. Skrit cares about Marigot people? Sorry to be so sceptical but this man’s word is not his bond, experience has told me that.

  29. Hector Marie
    May 3, 2019

    this from someone who in January promised to come to Wesley to talk to the people of wesley and woofordhill about the airport and the sixty million dollars he has to pay for the acquisition of their land but did not say if it was January 2019 or 2099 and seem to have forgotten even after he made his big speech at Londonderry Wesley your time is coming without explanation .I do hope when his chosen candidates for Wesley and marigot start making promises they can explain to the voters why the health system in the district got to this miserable state while his children are born in the U S A

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 5, 2019

      Power;  nobody in Wesley should go and listen to that man I consider an idiot talk about acquisition of land; and building airport you know!

      As you know there is a location already bought and paid for by Edison James and the UWP Administration, more than twenty years ago!

      All Roosevelt needs do is utilize the land: He was advised to do so; the clown responded by saying if he build Airport between Wesley and Woodford Hill, which is the most suitable on the island, it will become Edison James International Airport?

      So, he was reminded that the Dominica Freedom had also selected a site; he said if he builds it on the DFP site, it will become Eugenia Charles Airport.

      Bu; hear this: if he is allowed to build it where he proposed, even taking up where your house, and that of your late parents, it will still become Edison James Airport, because that location was also proposed by the UWP, until it was discovered that’s  a bad location!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 5, 2019

      To continue:

      Let me say there should be a riot in Wesley the day Roosevelt set foot in our village; this man intention is to destroy our village!

      In order to avoid destroying the Historical Roman Catholic Church which was built more than two hundred years ago, almost three hundred years ago; Edison James refuse to utilize that location which would have destroyed just about half of the entire village!

      So the alternative became the most suitable site in the back woods of Joe, between Wesley and Woodford Hill.

      …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

      It is all about 2020 Election, so his lies are becoming more notorious!

      What did Hitler say to his Nazi subordinates and accomplices?”The bigger the lie, the more believable!”

      Indeed a promise is a fools pleasure.

  30. Pack Up
    May 3, 2019

    Abra kadabra, Cat in the Hat….Magic Wand. Skerrit has turned magician…hehehe. Everything that could have been done in two years will now happen in a few months.

    Sir your time is up. Pack Up. You have done enough for us. Thank you.

  31. weh
    May 3, 2019

    Remember the key word “could”

  32. My Opinion
    May 3, 2019

    According to Skerrit himself, ‘if Dominica was a real country’ there would be a massive lawsuit from every single family from the Northeast that lost a love one due to the closure of the Marigot hospital. But we not real. As for the people of Marigot, although I want to sympathise with them but it’s even hard for me because I cannot understand how people from such an educated village vote for Skerrit. Man honestly speaking Skerrit should not be able to find a candidate from Marigot, to run for him and to me, anyone from Marigot that accepts money to run for Skerrit, is guilty of treason against his / her own blood. Marigot people should force Skerrit to find someone from either Portsmouth, Grandbay or Vielle Case to run in Marigot for him and that person should not get a single vote when the results are out.

  33. crucialmilion
    May 3, 2019

    Hmm … all these promises. Elections must be around the corner…

  34. THE TRUTH
    May 3, 2019

    was listening to all those talk show and remained very silent…
    but i believe deep down that lennox is a visionary leader and best for dominica at this time

    • %
      May 3, 2019

      Remember Lennox was always proposing just that..Lennox is brighter than Skerrit, and he loves people more than Skerrit..
      Skerrit only loves Skerrit, noone else! Not even the labourites he fools every election cycle he loves..
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  35. %
    May 3, 2019

    Only now you realise that our own passport funds could have built many Marigot hospitals? Wicked Soul! Start building the health centres, patriot Linton will complete them. The majority of the electorate detest a myriad of your policies! These policies have failed the country.
    Pack Up Man!
    Make way for the BLUE!!
    You just like to see people poor, especially the labourites. Wicked Soul
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  36. Zandoli
    May 3, 2019

    What does this man and he rest of his cabinet keep talking in “coulda, shoulda, woulda’s”. You either have a solid plan to build a hospital or you don’t. This facility has been closed for how long? A year, 2 years? And he is still talking about “could be built”? What the hell does that mean?

    This man treats Dominicans as if we are all a bunch of fools with his empty promises. Build the damn thing and stop with this “could begin” foolishness.

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