Dominican students in China in good health says health minister

Health officials at news conference. Dr. McIntyre is 3rd from left

Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre, has said that the Dominican students who are presently in China continue to remain in good health as the country fights the novel coronavirus outbreak.

He made the announcement while addressing a press conference held recently at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital.

 “All of our students, we haven’t had anything negative coming from them as regards to supplies, as regards to their health… their main concern is when can they start back classes?” McIntyre said.

He continued, “But that is not the most important thing for us. We are just concerned about their well-being and their health.”

According to the minister, the government of Dominica is in constant contact with the students.

 “We are in contact with them; we are also in contact with our Ambassador, Martin Charles and we are also in contact with the People’s Republic of China Embassy here,” he said.

McIntyre maintains that keeping the students in China is one of the safest options.

“We are still keeping them there because we still think that’s the safer option as opposed to bringing them here[Dominica],” he stated.

On January 29th, 2020 during a press conference, McIntyre said the government of Dominica sent funds to assist students studying in Wuhan City, China – ground zero for the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Reports at the time indicated that there are 84 Dominicans studying in China, 15 of them in Wuhan City. At the time, 3 were out them of China on vacation.

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6 Comments

  1. D/can to d bone
    February 28, 2020

    Yes me self i want to know when they will tell the public some students have returned. Because my friend is here and trust me i staying far she not all that eh i dunno but she say is common flu butni doh trust that once it come from china. All de mcintyre saying is, they safer in chine but he aint saying some have returned. De [email protected] wicked people. Let china man fool allu and say they safe.

    • Ras B
      February 28, 2020

      What are you saying? So we have a suspected case in D/ca and the MOH is keeping quiet? This is a criminal act of manslaughter if that individual dies and should other people become infected, the lawyers would earn their keep.

  2. AA
    February 27, 2020

    The chinese are asking non chinese Citizen to leave Wuhan. When are you going to get Them out

  3. Roseau Central
    February 27, 2020

    So after speaking to two LYO in Wuhan and sending money for them all you consider that “Dominican students are fine?”

    But those labourite parents wont complain which makes up most of the students parents. The few that are not, dog bite them if their parents cant afford, ALAS Dominica.
    Btw, Mc Intyre said we are ready so why cant we send for our children? The few Skeritites that came undercover how you not talking about them? Its safe for some?

  4. Smdh
    February 27, 2020

    When will the officials comment on the few students who have returned home? When will these same officials let the public know what measures were put in place to deal with the few students who came home?

  5. Ras B
    February 27, 2020

    Whereas we would like to believe our MOH, the history of his utterances are not in his favour. As a child, I came to learn that when one has to qualify the truth it is most likely a lie. Look at the language used by the MOH: “All of our students, we haven’t had anything negative coming from them as regards to supplies, as regards to their health… their main concern is when can they start back classes?” McIntyre said. Could he not simply state that all our students are in good health?

    The embassy has been less than honest! The ambassador told us that the number of new cases had been falling weekly but did not tell us that they had reduced the number of people being tested. We were tempted to believe him until a day later his lies were exposed. The doctor who first reported the disease was silenced by police, he is now dead. The chief medical officer at the hospital in Wuhan is now dead, 2 videographers reporting the truth disappeared. Mortality rate: (2811Dead /82564 infected) =3…

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