First phase of new hospital to be handed over in two weeks

PM Skerrit during his visit to the new hospital

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that the first phase of the new National Hospital will be handed over at the end of this month.

He made the announcement to the media after a visit with members of Cabinet and the media to project site of hospital.

“First of all I want to say how pleased I am for the great efforts which the contracting firm has put into the construction of the hospital and more specifically the first phase of the hospital recognizing the tremendous challenges which they experienced and all of us experienced after the passage of Hurricane Maria,” Skerrit said.

The prime minister described the work that has been done so far as exceptional in terms of efficiency and also the quality of work.

He thanked the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their great friendship and commitment to Dominica.

“We believe it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of our diplomatic relations by the handing over of the first phase of the China-Dominica Friendship Hospital,” Skerrit stated.

He went on to say that the hospital will impact every single family and individual in Dominica, “as health transcends all walks of life and all ages.”

He said it is “a long awaited” major investment.

“Clearly, the existing PMH has outlived its usefulness and with this new hospital,…we have no doubt there will be an improvement in the delivery of healthcare services to Dominica,” adding that that there will also be an increase in the services which are being offered to citizens and very likely to neighbouring islands.

“So we will very well see ourselves in a situation where we move from our citizens going out to seek medical intervention,” Skerrit stated.

He indicated that his government has purchased additional and new equipment for the new hospital.

“I have been advised [that] as a requirement, there will be a period where the handing over and the use of it which will be about 40 days to ensure that everything is in place and sanitization of the facility, because after all it is a hospital and it has to be properly sanitized,” he noted.

Meanwhile, China’s Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Lu Kun said on completion, the China-Dominica Friendship hospital will be beneficial to generations of the Dominican people.

He said the 9 building building hospital and other projects is a token of China’s friendship to the people of Dominica.

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23 Comments

  1. Kris
    May 15, 2019

    It hurts to go to the casualty dept and u alone and u have to wait for over half an hour before someone come to your rescue only give a thumbs up if u have experience what I’m talking about so the hospital is one but the love for humanity is the other

  2. May 15, 2019

    Let us watch and see, when Skerro and his ministers fall sick no more overseas medical attention cause you have the best medical facility.

  3. Man bites dogs
    May 15, 2019

    God bless you Mr Skerrit and your administrations. Everything Labour said they would do they have done it so far, which is more than that so-called opposition guy has done for anyone else. By the way Linton, when you were in America you said that you were collecting money for the infirmary you didn’t say which one. And also Linton, definition of infirmary is hospital, you have not handed any money to the hospital off any kind what the hell is going on???

  4. Iamanidiot
    May 15, 2019

    Housing- Skerrit , No minister of housing
    Education – Skerrit, no minister of education
    Cruise ship/ Airport – Skerrit , no minister of tourism…but then again that one useless.
    Geothermal – Skerrit , not even sure what ministry that will fall under. I think they have a new one for it

    All and any project across the board it’s the honorable prime minister. No body else seem to have a say, or whatever

  5. Lin clown
    May 15, 2019

    Anon,Linton is a HUGE FAILURE. When we are putting blows on UWP and their bunch of corrupt supporters.DNO feei the sueeze.

    • time has told
      May 16, 2019

      You are such a big winner Lin Clown.

  6. Truth Be Told
    May 15, 2019

    Dominicans will believe anything! A hospital is either built and open or it is under construction! Look Dominica hospital opening in phases! Let’s open wards 1 and two this year! Open wards 3 and 4 next year! And the rest come next election! :lol:

    • Deacon
      May 15, 2019

      @truth be told I wonder where are from at least you getting something rather than nothing …are ur eyes blocked …I thought their is ongoing construction of the second phase going on maybe u born upside down and can’t see clearly

    • Madame
      May 16, 2019

      Ungrateful Dominicans.

  7. Straight Shooter
    May 15, 2019

    All the apartments Skerrit building all over the place is his way of making lands available for his Chinese passport holders. If all you vote him in again he is going to pass a law where those of you he gave house to for free, though without title as proof of ownership, the man is going to claim your land people and no damn person can stop him. You think the Devil gives anything for free? You will get your apartments but you can’t will it to your children or loved ones. Why? It’s a damn trick to buy your vote. The only way for these houses to be yours is to vote Skerrit out so a new government can make things right. The man has no interest in you or DA except for your to keep him in power so he could better plan his China takeover. No wonder he ensured his wife Melissa has US green card and their children are citizens of the US so they are protected. Are you or your children protected? Let him that wants to be blind be blind. I was up there with Skerrit and the DLP and had 2run

  8. Lin clown
    May 15, 2019

    % % %you make yourself more of an IDIOT every day.Linton told the world he has been a member of UWP since 1988.The most corrupt Government Dominica has ever seen is the UWP.They introduced the Hospital User Fee.You had to pay $ 5 to do anything at the Hospital,even to use the washrooms.These UWP people are so wicked.They moved the Hospital User Fee from $ 5 to $ 20.They also had poor people pay $ 50 a night to stay at the Hospital.All this time Linton is part of this corrupt regime.

  9. Straight Shooter
    May 15, 2019

    After 15 years of Skerrit you all are sold to China and sadly all you so damn blind that you can’t see it. It was imperative for Skerrit to change the name of our hospital from PMH to China Dominica hospital. Why? Because of the secret MOU with China and make no mistake about it, if all keep Skerrit in power for another 5 yrs the majority of you will be buried and it will become China hospital, to serve the Chinese population that is taking over Dominica. Chinese don’t share anything with anyone and it’s just a matter of time before you all understand the true meaning of “One China” policy. All you so damn blind that you can’t see that after 20 years is only now Skerrit talking hospital, no international airport, while he allowed and really chased out Ross University. Now he is everywhere building hotels and apartment complexes yet, all you so blind that you cannot see is all you land he taking from you to pass on to Chinese. That’s why he can’t give you title because he wants…

  10. 19 years
    May 15, 2019

    ….skerrit all of a sudden just now the international airport will land from the sky…Garcon just give up give Clement the throne u make yourself already go .my children not going and suffer under you eh the devil is a liar

  11. Markey
    May 15, 2019

    In reading this DNO article it lack some very important information. Stated is that phase one of the new hospital will be handed over to government at the end of May, but no, repeat no, mentioned was made at to what are the facilities that are included in phase one, mention was also made that government has purchased additional and new equipment, but no information on what are these equipment and their respective uses. The Chinese ambassador mentioned that the hospital includes (9) nine buildings, but again no mention as to what hospital facilities will be included in each of these buildings. The hospital is to serve ALL DOMINCANS, and the press must play its role on informing and educating the citizens. To say the lease, I am very disappointed with DNO reporting of the news coverage and must do much better or must I say, this is how DNO was told to report that particular news coverage. In enjoying my retirement, I often wander if I am living in a fantasy world or am I actually in DA.

  12. Ibo France
    May 15, 2019

    The Chinese should get some commendation for coming to the aid of Dominicans once again. Dominica is fast becoming China Town. Sad to say, despite the laudable efforts of the Chinese , Dominicans will have to continue to seek emergency medical attention overseas because of lack of resources and skilled medical practitioners. The current regime’s sole strategy is to create an illusion around election time as if they care about the people’s appalling conditions and concerns. The DLP should be given the boot for nineteen years of wasted opportunities and insufferable hardships they have visited on the people.

  13. Zammm
    May 14, 2019

    Can’t believe for the life of me that Dominicans fall for Skerritt’s political tricks all the time. He is bent on keeping Dominicans poor and broke whilst he and his boys are filthy rich. Mr Skerritt will sooon have those poor Dominicans bow down before him and beg him for about everything. Dominica is a massive red clinic… For 18 plus years Dominicans still allowing Skerritt to fool them with his lies and propaganda. Look at how easy he brought his wife in to politics, don’t you guys fine that funny. This is not the norm… Robert Mogabe did the same with Gucci Grace…
    Dominicans rise upp, wise uppp, this hospital phase one opening is just some election tactic.. Open the entire hospitals one time…. Stop the stupid politics…. Skerritt must go. Skerritt must go….
    BTW how many Dominicans working on the hospital? And those beds, where in the world you see such foolishness. Little beds like it’s for dwarfs n lil dolls. Boy oh boy.. When you don’t know better,

  14. Jayson
    May 14, 2019

    What happened to the minister of Health??

  15. sugar
    May 14, 2019

    Well needed and timely!

  16. KaliNeg
    May 14, 2019

    Wasn’t this hospital supposed to be completed in 2010 as part of the four pillar project :?: All these rogues posing as government has done,is play politricks with the people every elections! Vote the one-man rogue regime prime mistake out!!!

  17. Bringback the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    May 14, 2019

    Dominica is no longer a sovereign country, everything constructed by China is named Dominica friendship. Dominica may as well be a colony of China. Also what good is a hospital without at least one helicopter. The Prime Minister minister of finance has enough money to buy at least two million dollar helicopters for the hospital. Did they construct a helicopter landing pad on top of the hospital.

  18. %
    May 14, 2019

    So because of that forget about patriot Linton and vote for the lazy Skerrit and DLP?? Skerrit has taught Dominicans very well what it is to be poor, and what it is to be begging him! He enjoys to see people poor! This wicked man only loves himself!
    All the way with Linton and the UWP!!!
    Workersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

    • May 15, 2019

      Linton is not a Patriot. You seem not to know the meaning of a Patriot.

    • Lenpro
      May 15, 2019

      @ %, we all see somethings different in life. I dont think Skerrit made Dominicans lazy. Dominicans are lazy people. Period. If you go to the Roseau market, you will see Haitians have taken over your agro sector. While Dominicans carry the most expensive cellphone in their pockets complaining (No. Jobs, No jobs). There is plenty if work going on in Dominica right now. But a hand full are on DNO’s platform complaining. Just because Dominica shifting where you need a certification to get involved in almost everything today. All we have to do, get skilled and certified. Government cant do it all. Private sector need to play its part. Dominica had more set backs with natural disasters in the past decade. Dominicans are ungrateful people in every aspect of life. Dominicans complain government is not doing, and still complain when government do. (Ungrateful). I will give credit where its due. Im not voting in your next election. The DLP will win.

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