The Ministry of Health last week officially opened a $245,000 reconstructed health Centre in the village of Anse De Mai. This health facility serves the communities of Bense, An Soldat and Anse De Mai.
It houses a doctor’s office, casualty section/ screening room, waiting area, pharmacy and washroom facilities
The health centre will provide the suitable setting to help improve the quality of services for clients, staff and the people of communities.
Health Minister Julius Timothy, in his remarks said healthcare is one of his government’s key strategic priorities for the next five years “Government’s aim is to focus on output and activities contributing to a long life for all Dominicans. The key objective is to increase life expectancy of citizens and ensure all people have access to health care.” The Minister encouraged the people to make good use the facility as their first line of care and refrain from accessing the Portsmouth hospital unnecessarily.
The Ministry of health has embarked a plan to upgrade and improve health facilities around the island. So far the Ministry has upgraded more than eight health facilities.
The Ross University School of Medicine also made a substantial donation of office furniture and medical supplies.
During the ceremony two nurses who worked in the communities for over 28 years were recognised. Retired Nurse Practitioner Helena Wallace and Health Educator Adora Toussaint received long serve awards.
The health facility was constructed by Stewco Construction Company.