Temporary A&E for Marigot Hospital

The Marigot Hospital was shut down because of severe termite infestation
The Marigot Hospital was shut down because of severe termite infestation

A temporary Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit is to be installed at the Marigot Hospital more than a month after the facility was shut down due to a severe termite infestation.

Emergency procedures are now being done at the Wesley Health Center but project manager for the reconstruction of the hospital, Sylvester Henderson, told Dominica News Online (DNO), that a temporary set up is being done at the hospital itself.

“We are doing this thing in phases,” he said. “What we are doing right now is we are going to do a temporary emergency set-up downstairs of the hospital itself.”

He noted that estimates are now being done for the repair of the hospital “and we are going through the approval for the project funding,” he stated.

“I think that by next week we may be able to begin the project itself,” he added.

He pointed out there is a tendering process for the hospital project, which shouldn’t take very long.

“Then from that we should be into construction,” Henderson noted.

The closure of the Marigot Hospital has been a major embarrassment for the ministry of health, with health minister, Julius Timothy, admitting that he is ‘a little annoyed’ over the entire matter.

The cost of repairing the hospital has not yet been ascertained.

Officials say the hospital will remain closed for at least three months.

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26 Comments

  1. Neutral
    June 22, 2014

    I am not landing at Melville Hall until Marigot hospital open. I am scared.

  2. true facts
    June 20, 2014

    So how come skero give bishop money for church repair and hospital close down for termites and them cellars so hopeless they know they cannot win election they depending on Dominican overseas to help them to do there dirty works Tim Tim shame on your administration Tim go back to memory lane you remember you say skerrt was boys with toys

  3. June 20, 2014

    Giving $500,000 to the Catholic Church was really stupid?That money could have been used for the Marigot hospital. The Catholic Church is the richest organization in the world worth more than a trillion dollars. Would you give $500,000 to Bill Gates who already has a lot of money? So why give money to an organisation that is even much richer than Bill Gates? God said if you give to the rich you will surely come to poverty.

  4. IRIE-I
    June 20, 2014
  5. Bwa kwayib
    June 20, 2014

    You will soon see who is getting that contract…….smh. We just cannot move forward with that level of victimization. But that too shall pass.

  6. CALL IT BY IT NAME
    June 20, 2014

    When I think of this so called Labour party government I feel sick to vomit.

  7. CALL IT BY IT NAME
    June 20, 2014

    I hope Julius Timothy did not advise to close the hospital. He was very ill not so long ago. Let me first say that I always wondered why Mr. James did not support you in becoming the leader of the UWP but now it is clear to me. Mr. James is not perfect but he could see beyond the bend. He understood what kind of substance you were made up of. It was a hard choice not to support you but he had to do it. Julius Timothy you need grace because when God is done with you; you will be sorry that you were born. Go to the bishop to pray for you.

  8. CALL IT BY IT NAME
    June 20, 2014

    I hope Julius Timothy did not advise to close the hospital. He was very ill not so long ago. Let me first say that I always wondered why Mr. James did not support you in becoming the leader of the UWP but now it is clear to me. Mr. James is not perfect but he could see beyond the bend. He understood what kind of substance you were made up of. It was a hard chose not to support you but he had to do it. Julius Timothy you need grace because when God is done with you; you will be sorry that you were born. Go to the bishop to pray for you.

    • burp
      June 20, 2014

      The problem is termites and not a political one. Termites have natral preditors, Since there numbers are growing so well to the point of being out of control, tink of a solution outside of politic.

      • CALL IT BY IT NAME
        June 23, 2014

        You have no common sense. Politics determines every aspect of our lives including who we marry. Let me explain something to you. Termites took over because the government does not have a policy about health facility maintenance. If there was a policy it would have included regular inspection and earlier identification of problems that may be a hazard. I wonder what is your level of education. If you have at least a high school diploma, I should not expect that kind of reasoning from you. However, if you lack education, I can understand why you may lack substance and reason.

  9. Aika
    June 20, 2014

    Tendering open still but Henderson is project manager? So what happen to Stewco? Guess Martin is getting his wish that over his dead body Stewco will get the job. We await the results of the tendering process.

  10. wickedness
    June 20, 2014

    we all know what should be done,Dominica is host of two medical university. student from all over the globe study here,yet you closing down one of only two public hospital there is on island?

  11. June 20, 2014

    Those guys just playing games .This just indicate that vision is lacking thus the country will not progress.Health is a number on priority in a country yet a hospital is close.The marigot hospital should have two mentainace person what is going on in dominica where is the management.

    • June 22, 2014

      The Govt was sitting on the report about the condiction of the hospital long before now but they choose not to look at it they use the hospital in their political game DLP candidate going up in Marigot was the doctor at the hospital so what was he doing when others were try to get attention to the matter what was he doing This guy is something else now he want the people of Marigot to vote for him Skerrit you lost again and we will win because we are going to make sure you and your party must go we need a change.

  12. Educator
    June 20, 2014

    They just now realize they need to put something in place until they have a more permanent solution?

    That is some serious planning!! SMFH.

  13. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014

    With a hosoital located so close to the airport we need to go back to the drawing board especially if we are talking about building an international airport

  14. Umm
    June 20, 2014

    I am still amazed at the lack of blame that this government has received for their negligence!

    These guys are being paid a salary every month and one of the most important sectors (health) of our country has gone down the drain under their watch… no one has been fired? OF all the reasons why a hospital can close, is wood-ants that allowed to cause that? I can understand something else… but wood-ants? termites?

    This lazy attitude and lack of responsibility has to stop – or their salaries should go back down.

    • I like it
      June 20, 2014

      true say…. but Dominicans accept it….

      People close a blind eye to this !!!
      SAD SAD SAD!!!

    • joe
      June 20, 2014

      Umm, go ahead blame the Minister… You guys really act as if running the country is equal to some sort of privately own shop where once appointed Director you can just hire and fire on your wills and fancies.

      My friend it don;t work that way, the health department has various departments with various heads all managed by a Permanent Secretary, and just so you know once appointed as Public Officer you cannot be Fired for incompetence, you may be transferred etc, but you are guaranteed your job.

      I blame the INCOMPETENT employees at Marigot who I know played their foolish POLITICS in not reporting the termite situation hoping for people like you to the comment you just made to make the Minister look bad…. It backfired in their face!!!

      Let us love our country, it is what we have let us not take this politics thing so far, gosh these things upsets me!!!! The Minister is not the one suffering for sure it is your own people that feeling the pinch, go figure!!!! SMDFH!!! : :twisted: :twisted: :evil:

      • Umm
        June 20, 2014

        The minister is responsible for the ministry he is assigned. Therefore responsibility lies with him – instruction is given from the top down the chain… Minister to permanent secretary to next to next (Max Weber’s Ideal Bureaucracy – the Caribbean governments operate on that model).

        How can the minister not know the hospital was so badly infested? How can the other members of staff not have know? How could Mr Doctor that going up for labour in Marigot not have know?

        To try and blame the people who work there is pure rubbish – an inch of the place infested I can understand but the place infested to the point where it has to close is is irresponsibility from the top! From the TOP!!!

      • Umm
        June 20, 2014

        you can SYDFH (y is for your) all you want it will not change that fact that its mentality like yours (skewed by political party) that breeds the incompetence that is prevalent in Dominica. You do not understand that people have responsibilities and when these responsibilities and obligations are not fulfilled that have to answer and face the consequences – that is a facet of life! People like you glorify ministers like they can do no wrong and are always finding excuses for their incompetence.

        There have been several complaints about the Marigot hospital, even before the termites – the minister said a few says ago that he was going to turn marigot into a trauma centre to serve from delices to portsmouth – plans were being selected and would be taken to the Chinese within months – where it is? that was in 2012….

        Incompetence, Irresponsibility, negligence, lack of accountability – that is what plagues this country and it starts from the top… if the head rotten how can the roots be solid?

      • dominicanass
        June 20, 2014

        @ joe u sound so stupid , who should they blame? Who is responsible for the health ministry in Dominica? Julius is incharge, so he has to take the blame when his ministry not doing what they suppose to do. Let Julius go fire who he have to fire thou matter what political party they supporting starting with the head of maintenance and the doctor incharge

      • in the system
        June 20, 2014

        please ensure tht u come correct, the minister was informed ever since we saw the first wood ants……they laughed at us, letters upon letters and meetings too but they took us for fools, so tell me who is to blame? say something smart so i can correct u again.

      • nac Vibes
        June 21, 2014

        You and your sh-t for brains government are the one to blame.
        You are happy to stay behind your keyboard and write crap about people not reporting issues with the hospital.
        If your so called health minister was on the ball that hospital would be better equipped and open.
        You talk about loving country but it’s clear it’s just empty words.
        If you love your country you would bring all politicians to task who ever they are not blindly follow one set no matter how much they sell out the country you so love.
        Dread if uwp get in office and they do not behave better I will certainly be advocating them being kicked out, do keep playing your politics whilst accusing others of doing such. Lemming.

  15. angel
    June 20, 2014

    thought Mr timmoty said something about putting down a big rehabilitation center in marigot. is that still on?

  16. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014

    Now is a good time to redesign a big state of the art hospital with better facilities.

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