Chinese technical team to review plans for new PMH

Artiste's rendition of the new PMH
Artiste’s rendition of the new PMH

Two technical teams from the People’s Republic of China are presently in Dominica and one of them will be reviewing plans of the much talked about new Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

Acting Prime Minister, Dr. Colin McIntyre, said on state-owned DBS Radio plans are well underway to begin the construction of the institution.

“I think that we are well on our way with it and if you listened to the Prime Minister some time ago, he is planning to start the hospital in the first quarter of 2016,” he stated. “As I speak with you there is a team on island right now, the constructing team, and they are looking at fine-tuning, getting all the little T’s crossed and the I’s dot in terms of commencing that project.”

Dr. McIntyre mentioned further that the Ministry of Health has been working feverishly with the team in discussing the plans for the new hospital.

He indicated the biggest challenge being faced is the fact that the new hospital is to be constructed on the site of the existing one.

“This is probably one of the biggest challenges, but nothing is impossible in life,” he noted. “The plan is to construct the hospital on the site and to move with the new hospital and it’s something that we pride ourselves on. We know definitely that the hospital is something that is required at this point in time.”

The construction of the new hospital has been on the lips of officials for years now.

Back in 2010 then Health Minister, Julius Timothy, announced that the ground breaking ceremony for the hospital in the Roseau North constituency was “coming soon.”

That same year Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said Warner should be considered as a possible location for the hospital.

Two years later, in 2012 Timothy said the existing Princess Margaret Hospital would soon be revamped and the country will have a “relatively new hospital early next year” (2013).

In 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit said the new hospital was among projects to be undertaken that year through gratuitous aid and concessionary financing from the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

At that time, Skerrit mentioned that they were “unfolding the designs” of the hospital.

In January 2015, Health Minister Kenneth Darroux said new information, new points of view and ideas about the hospital had surfaced and a site for the facility was yet to be determined.

He said a decision on the new site would be determined very soon and “within the next few weeks” the nation would be informed.

It was subsequently revealed that the facility will be constructed in Goodwill.

In May 2015, Skerrit said groundbreaking would be held in July 2015.

In November 2015, Skerrit said everything is now settled between Dominica and China and the groundbreaking will now be held in the first quarter of 2016.

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27 Comments

  1. hmm
    December 12, 2015

    Atleast it is going to be built. The staff at the hospital was dissatisfied with the present plans so modifications had to be done so when DNO getting it\’s propaganda tell them to find out the reason why some projects were delayed. DAMN IT YOU GUYS SICKEN ME. GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THIS GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEM BLUE DEVILS WANT TO TAKE OVER.

  2. dady b
    December 11, 2015

    Us de technical team to put dcp bsck up and runing the main export on dominica stop beging. You fourt the works of a pm was nice well no you need brains for that you dont have it move befor you have to let harpen what harpen in 1979 harpen again man move we have more guns on the street than in the hourse. Look out

  3. dady b
    December 11, 2015

    pm use de tecnical team to get dcp back and runing main export come on use your brain it you say you have brain you fourt de works of a pm was easy you cant do it move befor you have to let what harpen in 1979 harpe again we have more guns on the streets than in the house look out

  4. Leah Remy
    December 11, 2015

    I cannot even keep that Hospital soap opera straight in my head. When it build it build. I am tired of those empty put-off promises. Toneh Man!

  5. anonymous2
    December 11, 2015

    This is going to be a very interesting venture, if it comes to fruition. I wonder how many Dominicans have been in a hospital in China? If they are building something that large, expect a large influx of Chinese to fill the positions and add to the population.

  6. gullibles
    December 10, 2015

    I doe even want to hear about skerrit and that hospital… stadium and statehouse build so fast apparently they don’t care about health…..after allu singing d country nice when people still dying of appendicitis in pmh

  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 10, 2015

    \”Acting Prime Minister, Dr. Colin McIntyre, said on state-owned DBS Radio plans are well underway to begin the construction of the institution.\”

    As far as I am concerned, Colin is nothing more than sweet sounding pathetic political rhetoric! If one reminisced on events of the past few months, dealing with Erick, we practically got it out of Skerrits mouth that the country is broke: I say bankrupt!

    We remember when he stated he needed ninety-one million dollars to conduct repairs to damage areas of the country, however Dominica did not have that kind of money, how come all of a sudden they have money to build hospital. Are we to assume that China will be the financier?

    Well, I suspect if it is not China, it must be Elizabeth and Facts, the real or phony financing that never ever hospital oui!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    • hmm
      December 12, 2015

      Francisco anytime you speak, you discourage many people, nothing positive ever come from those poisonous lips and tongues of yours you SERPENT. You D**** WIZARD go back to HELL where you came from.

      Put you to do the job and you can\’t do it, people like you had an opportunity and all you waste it, give the man a damn chance and offer your support, As a young person I refuse to support you negativity on this site, it\’s sickening.

  8. December 10, 2015

    DNO is the best online new so far. They allow all kind of comments without any discrimination . plus I always get a good laugh after reading some of the comments. Where in the world can you get that. So I say DNO thank you for being the best. :-D

  9. observer
    December 10, 2015

    why not Warner? where government and social security has lands ?

  10. Set it
    December 10, 2015

    ??????????? look jokes – Nous Sot!!!

  11. December 10, 2015

    I hope they don’t make a farce of it.change,review ,consult, differ,not sure .what is going on and who’s fooling who.Laughing stock a real comedy shop

  12. dissident
    December 10, 2015

    Skerrit said everything was confirmed.
    Both you guys plus darroux are a confusion!
    What contractor is doing the job anyway?
    Personally i think that we just doing some high end renovation of de existing structure!
    Is the Chinese technical team a private corporation or is that a part of the Chinese government machinery?
    Would they be the same team that will work on the E O LeBlanc highway as well?
    You guys not serious at all!
    I waiting after carnival!

  13. Belladonna
    December 10, 2015

    Wait…the teams are NOW in Dominica examining plans??? So they were going to have the groundbreaking in July WITHOUT plans even being looked at??? What kind of backwardsness is that???? STUPES!! Time for Skerrit and crew to get their s straight with this hospital. This is an international JOKE now.

  14. cameron
    December 10, 2015

    More and more empty promises.When i see this project complete,then i will believe.

  15. Roger
    December 10, 2015

    Them Chineses playing around man smh

  16. vegnag
    December 10, 2015

    while all that going on what I really interested in is what happen to the first set of money that was earmarked for the new hospital under the first four pillar project under the Chinese including the completion of the Dominica Grammar School; then the second loan/grant recently negotiated by the PM for how much million for a new hospital; then the other commitment and promise by the PM to the My Dominica Trade House whatever for a new state of the art hospital and comeh health centers around the island. I just hope the hospital doh end up like the Dominica Grammar School and its playground (what’s up Alvin Bernard! by the way where is the playground for Roseau?) and the Moroccan hotel – cayh finish) although Ian Douglas train how much people for the hotel .embeh wey!!
    Only in Dominica my friend only in Dominica.
    But guess what – I just Love my PM!! hahahahaha.

  17. Doc. Love
    December 10, 2015

    I have heard this calypso so many times just before a general election, I wonder which will be first this time, the calypso finals or the resignation of the Skeritt led Administration.

  18. health
    December 10, 2015

    Dno! We see the shade your throwing there! You all most stop being shady! And do some real journalism! This is the most bias online newspaper SMH!

    • rapees-ministas
      December 10, 2015

      You want to cry man? How is DNO bias? Did DNO bad talk anybody? aye aye. no wonder they will keep fooling all you with lies because all you do not want to be informed.

      • health
        December 10, 2015

        Cry for what??? Hahahaha! Allu willlll let me talk! Allu alone to talk man? And I say dno biasssssss! Who vex lost

    • Emile Zapatos
      December 10, 2015

      Who said it was a newspaper. According to the Roseau Valley gang it is a shadow. That is why no one write under their own name

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        December 10, 2015

        Emil, now you have spilt the beans on your person; declaring that Emile Zapatos is not your name.

        Remember you are the one who claimed that everybody writes under false or fictitious names. I know I am not one of the phony fictitious scoundrels okay!

    • jamesd
      December 10, 2015

      the truth hurts

    • December 13, 2015

      Go read DA Vibes or the chronicle

  19. too late
    December 10, 2015

    :-D DNO make me laugh with the chronology of the hospital

    • too late
      December 10, 2015

      the chronology of the hospital saga

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