Appreciate Cuban assistance – Kenneth Darroux

Environment Minister Kenneth Darroux

Dominicans have been told that they should show more appreciation towards the assistance given to Dominica by the government of Cuba.

On Friday night, a special ceremony was held at the Red Cross Headquarters by the Dominica Friendship Association of Cuba to observe Cuba CARICOM Day.

Environment Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, who is also a Cuban graduate, said Dominicans have not been taking advantage of some provisions made by the government of Cuba.

“For a number of years Cuba have been opening its doors to us and invited the young ambitious folks to pursue further studies there but sadly, for reasons still unexplained to me, we have not been accepting that invitation and one can only imagine the lost opportunities during the bygone era,” he said.

Dr. Darroux said not enough time is being spent on appreciating the efforts made by Dominica’s government in continuing to foster relations with Cuba.

President of the Dominican Cuban Friendship Association, Frankie Lowe, expressed similar sentiments as Dr. Darroux pointing out that Cuba has shared many of its resources with Dominica and the island should be grateful.

“We are thankful and grateful to Cuba for the assistance given to us. It has been done without any restraints and it continues. In the field of health and others such as engineering, Cuba has collaborated to make Dominica and CARICOM what it is. Sometimes I ask myself, if it wasn’t for Cuba, what we would have been like,” he said.

Several other Dominicans who are Cuban graduates, were also present at the function.

A moment of silence was also observed for Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who is recuperating from another round of cancer surgery.

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12 Comments

  1. van
    December 18, 2012

    The Cubans are probably looking for very little back for their help. Can the same be said about the Chinese?

  2. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Darroux go look after your constituency.
    Stop hiding.

  3. December 17, 2012

    “Environment Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, who is also a Cuban graduate, said Dominicans have not been taking advantage of some provisions made by the government of Cuba.”

    I am mystified by Darroux,comment: what is so important about what Cuba has done for Dominicans that the people of Dominica should appreciate?

    Cuba has not done anything in our country that can be seen visually; if the Cubans have done something magnificent in Dominica; I do not know about it or of the location. What I do know is that quite a lot of our natives have chosen to indulge in Cuban education traveled to Cuba to study, compliments of the late Rosie Douglas, who initiated the program.

    However, such education, be it in medicine, accounting, or what have you only serves a Dominica purpose, one cannot present a degree (diploma) obtained from a Cuban university anywhere in the more developed world since that degree is not accepted.

    Cuban degrees are only accepted in the English speaking Caribbean Dominica included!

    If we need to appreciate the skills learnt by Dominica doctors trained in Cuba, that would not be a proper assessment since more people under the care of Cuban trained doctors die more frequently than prior to the time Cuban graduates began treating our people.

    Every one on my relatives who I suspect died due to medical malpractice, died while been treated by some so called Cuban trained doctor!

    And I am tempted to give the names of my relatives, but will refrain from doing so.

    The only place in the Caribbean which has something to show materialistically from Cuba, in the Caribbean is Grenada, in that they built, or at least commenced construction on Grenada International Airport, and indeed they did it with money from the former Soviet Union.

    Remember in the days when they attempted introducing communism to the entire region?

    And if Darroux is another product of Cuba, as one trained in Cuba, one should not wonder about my comment on the matter, he is a living example which should detour every and all thought of showing any sort of gratitude to communist Cuba, the only place on earth where communism still exist!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Rhatid
      December 23, 2012

      well if you are so convinced they’ve died due to malpractice,why not sue instead of ‘blaggering’ here?Stupes

  4. BooBoo
    December 17, 2012

    Politicians  ; of course, there is contribution to the nation by the presence of the Cubans which is more depending of the professional , who regardless the living conditions and other factors are trying the best to deliver the knowledge. What kind of appreciation Dr. Darroux is talking about ??? If there is appreciation … why Intensive Care Unit Doctors are living next to the most busy bar in Goodwill where is impossible to sleep and rest for the next busy day ???

    • Rhatid
      December 23, 2012

      No sense

  5. Out of south city
    December 17, 2012

    My people, all Dr. Darroux is asking for is to be more appreciative of the assistance that we have received and what is still being offered to us by the Cuban government.

  6. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012

    u are talking; the cuban people need more help than dominican / we FREE ,CUBAN PEOPLE ARE not FREE ,,,TALK ABOUT FREEDOM IN CUBA .DONT COME TO DA AND TEL US WHAT TO DO ;”” GO TO CUBA AND TEL CASTRO TO FREE HIS PEOPLE ;;

    • budman
      December 17, 2012

      we are free here???

  7. him
    December 17, 2012

    Mr Darroux what are you doing to help the people of your constituency.In terms of performance you seem to be the poorest of all the politicians. SHAME ON YOU!

    • blessed baby
      December 17, 2012

      out of context

  8. Truth
    December 17, 2012

    :?: The Cuban government is doing a good job in assisting Waitukubuli in training our people and i’m one who’s grateful.But i can’t support no government that is not being installed by the people in a free and fare democratic election.All governments should be put by the people,for the people and with the people.No one man should decide to remain in power by himself and a selected few around him who’s benefiting. :?:

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