UWP to hold public meeting, candlelight vigil to address Marigot Hospital

The Marigot Hospital was shut down due to mold and fungus
The Marigot Hospital was shut down due to mold and fungus

The United Workers Party (UWP) will be holding a public meeting and an all-night candlelight vigil on Thursday evening as the controversy over the temporary closure of the Marigot Hospital rages on.

The event is expected to take place from 7:00 pm on the Melville Hall main road.

The hospital was shut down due to an infestation of mold and fungus and Leader of the UWP, Lennox Linton, said the closure of such an important facility which serves the people from the Kalinago Territory to Calibishie was due to “criminal negligence.”

He said the event will explore the issue of the Marigot Hospital.

“Poeple keep asking, what’s next, what’s next,” Linton, who is also MP for Marigot stated. “Well, we are having a national meeting.We are going on the public road in Melville Hall at 7:00 o’clock on Thursday night and that will be followed by an all-night vigil. We will be there with our candles, we will be there with our food, we will be there with our change of clothing. We will be spending the entire night there.”

He stated that the meeting will make it clear that the people want action on the hospital.

“We want to make it clear that the people of Marigot, the people of surrounding communities, the people of Dominica in general, are serious about immediate action to establish a national health care facility in Marigot,” Linton stated.

The Marigot Hospital was first shut down in 2014 because of a severe termite infestation.

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  1. marigot j
    June 17, 2016

    Little birdies sing sing super coming daddy skerro on his way

  2. marigot j
    June 17, 2016

    Trying to understand the negativity and y are some of us dominicans so dumb u and hello the reason y some j hate marigot ppl so much is out of envy cause instead of been like us u all too dumb to stand up honestly a hospital is important to us all so to those of u who travels around do.minica and out may u all never have a need may u all lifes always be perfect I am neither labour or workers but I have enough common sense to no the hospital is needed two ppl of marigot built the first and today we are many more honestly skerrit thinks any thing else in dominica is more important than building back the hospital so reading these comment made me realize how dumb we are as a nation how much we let politics divide us

    June 17, 2016

    Deplorable! The Government ought to be ashamed having the Hospital in such condition and still refuse to meet the demands of the people. The ‘Hospital’ and I use the term loosely, is in a dilapidated state, not suitable for accomodating the sick ! It is unfortunate that the Government choose to have the Health facilities on Island in such disrepair. These should take precedent above all else. Why deny the people the Basic Human Needs necessary for their very existence? The people of Dominica deserve better and their needs met forthwith. In addition, the absence of a functional Hospital in close proximity of The island’s Main Airport, is not only negligible on the part of the Government but criminal. This is a Security Threat to both the Region and International Community. This petty political wrangling must stop and responsible measures taken to address this matter. Mr. Prime Minister do right by the people for once, The world is watching.

  4. thoughtful
    June 16, 2016

    I have my rum, punch and coffee ready, I will draw the moon too

  5. Voice of The South
    June 16, 2016

    The only candlelight vigil that should be held is for the UWP to get a New Leader.

    • China man
      June 17, 2016

      Agreed! and one with common sense too!

  6. MAM
    June 16, 2016

    UWP IS SO DISORGANISED THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT DIRECTION TO GO. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT ISSUE TO COME UP WITH. LINTON IS A SERVANT OF THE DEVIL. ANOTHER JIM JONES, Don’t put kalinago in your thing.. You are loser that always want to fight when lose. Blue vex as usual.

  7. mine
    June 16, 2016

    Am wondering if Lennox knows whts the reason for a candle light vigil. Did he ever had a candle light vigil for people whole lost everthing after erika?

  8. Concord Observer
    June 16, 2016

    What is wrong with some of the crazy labour party supporters. The Marigot hospital was used built by people of Marigot and handed over to the freedom part government in the 80,s. The Marigot hospital serves the Kalinago territory, Concord, Marigot, the airport, Wesley, Woodfordhill, and Calibishie. We are perfectly within our right within a democratic country to demonstrate. When last I checked the Magma Carta it was written over 800 years. It is intellectually Neanderthal to suggest that people standing up for their rights is following someone blindly.

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 17, 2016

      Concord Observer

      The truth is that I doubt that there is one Dominican who questions the importance of the Marigot hospital and I can assure you that if the majority of them thought that what is happening now is really about the Marigot hospital the demonstration would be swollen to overflowing.

      Truth is that most people think it is another opportunistic display for a particular effect. Just see what has happened to the grave concern over the protection of children? It has died with the counting of the last vote in the Soufriere constituency. No more wearing of purple and the accused perpetrator in their midst is no longer a disgrace, a madman and rapist, he is now innocent until proven guilty, you see his seat is needed.

      What has happened to the bridge matter? Oh we’ve moved to the next trouble spot, we forgot to notify you Concord Observer. Standing on principle, who cares about that? It is all about my agenda and all the better if people can’t read that!

      • @Barbara Saunders June 17, 2016

        Except that the gullible are falling for this kinds of situations; unfortunately there are much too many of those in Dominica

  9. For Dominica
    June 16, 2016

    The location of the ‘hospital’ is in close proximity to our
    Labourites, one of your campaign songs includes the following;
    Wherever Skerrit goes I will follow. Nuff said!
    So because Lennox is a thorn in Skerrit’s side and he doesn’t like
    Lennox, you all doh like Lennox too. Too bad.
    Garcon leave us with our brilliant, patriotic,, decent, leader, Lennox Linton
    whom the party delegates, NOT LABOURITES, elected.
    Let’s have a debate between Lennox and Skerrit and you will SEE and HEAR
    who the real leader is.

    Dominicans participating in that vigil tonight, I stand in solidarity with you.

    • NUWP
      June 17, 2016

      you sooooooooooooo correct yea.

      linton is good as leader for uwp. I personally likes him there. he is making the work of labour much easier.

      you doe see how he have labour going to win the Roseau south seat when sikiri call it a day.

      so leave the man alone. he is doing our work for us.

      self distruct

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 17, 2016

      For Dominica

      I guess Skerrit is not a thorn in anybody’s side even after over fifteen years of negative bashing morning noon and night in Dominica and abroad and I guess your esteemed leader was doing that out of love for Skerrit and I guess he has the democratic right to his criticism and dirt digging and hatred of Skerrit but of course who is Skerrit to return the favour?

      And of course, your esteemed leader has a right to the support of his followers, be it to dig out hard earned money to pay for indiscretion in speech; or hanging on every manipulative, mind-bending word purporting to be for good causes etc. , but who is Skerrit to have supporters too?

      For me, both leaders need to guard their speech and manner and they both have to do a bit of ego reduction so I really cannot participate in this one-sided, one-eyed giant syndrome characterising both sets of supporters, where one is being set up as the new faultless Messiah and the other Lucifer himself! It ain’t right…

  10. For Dominica
    June 16, 2016

    Well, well, Black jack and others of your ilk, that’s the problem with some
    Dominicans. Dominicans of all walks of life should be in solidarity with the
    stand initiated by the people of Marigot, Kalinago Territory, Wesley and others
    who are or will be affected by the closure of the Marigot ‘hospital’.
    This is NOT a UWP thing; the media should also be aware of that.
    The closure of the Marigot ‘hospital’ , the only health facility in close
    proximity to our main airport, is dangerous, and is alsoi a national
    disgrace and Dominicans -conscious Dominicans are using an avenue
    to express their disgust.
    Some labourites just cannot think for themselves – one of labor’s
    campaign songs is … wherever Skerrit goes I will follow.
    Imagine, in 2016, adults cannot think for themselves – they will
    follow a leader without asking Where are you leading me?
    Yet they want supporters of the UWP, who can
    Building a hospital NOW is more important than building a bridge.

    June 16, 2016

    Three LOOSERS….Edison, Ron and Lennox…All Three in Body Parts Politics…. Is Lennox for real?…Hope He ask THEM to bring their POTSHAM TO POOPOO too! :oops:

  12. free
    June 16, 2016

    Wow…what foolish Haters…..I will be lighting my candle also…standing in solidarity

  13. Shameless
    June 16, 2016

    I see the red ants army has been mobilized to the DNO site. Good for you all but there will be no rain on the intended parade in Marigot. The people are fed up and have the right to take action by any means necessary. “To Marigot people I say; “Dominica belongs to the people not the government so stand firm!”

    Always Assertive! :twisted:

    • @Shameless June 16, 2016

      But without the government there can be no Dominica; since without the Government there can be no control; and with no control there is no God –for He is the Primary Control through the Government, for the survival of any Nation that includes Dominica –take it or leave it!

  14. Black jack
    June 16, 2016

    Anyway what’s all that bobohaha about marigot the place is a dump every one looks like zombies come to think of it with Linton, I now know why, Edison now Linton has never done a thing for Marigot and now that idiot Linton want to protest about the government and Hospital what a goat head .

    • Jerry
      June 16, 2016

      Sing for ur supper

    • Jerry
      June 16, 2016

      I didn’t realised that many people would bash a health care system that we are trying to get. How stupid can u be. U actually think that the $200.00 that the Pm is giving u will fly u to st martique etc? UWP members ain’t the only ones that are sick. Allu so stupid and oh I love my PM. STUPID STUPID some off u.

    • Nature
      June 16, 2016

      Dominica is a dump,u sit in small Dominica n say marigot is a dump,it’s part of Dominica,go out there and listen how the other small Caribbean islands talk about Dominica,just the way u described marigot..but I sphere u cuz u do not know better…

    • China man
      June 17, 2016

      He wants it shut down on Monday night and wake up Tuesday morning and see a new one built. I mean it doesn’t take much commonsense to tell you it will take a lil time to construct. come on man you hungry for power you wont ever get so don’t be childish.

      • @China man June 17, 2016

        You are right on! I could give you a big hug for that comment, if I was close to you.

    • digust
      June 17, 2016


  15. June 16, 2016

    candle light vigil??? who died??? man stupesss tan

    • kins
      June 17, 2016

      clearly when a situation like this occurs, first thing one should do is GOOGLE the definition of vigil. Sigh. It would save you from making this comment.

  16. One who cares
    June 16, 2016

    All you to stupid skerrit is who need to resign no good

  17. Hoo Poom deir
    June 16, 2016

    Here’s hoping the candlelight vigil will raise as much money or even more than what was raised to pay the defamation suit. Remember ‘SUN RISE’? De moin keless ke pate la!!

  18. Stop
    June 16, 2016

    If anyone should be criminally prosecuted that should be you. You are shamefully exploiting the situation to serve your bombastic ego. Now after you whooping you are Calling for vigil. Satan cannot correct sin. Lenox, you should be criminally held accountable for the situation in Marigot!.You are collecting a check and not working for it. The demogroy and rhetoric isn’t helping you. The DLP brought the situation to light not you.

    June 16, 2016

    How can you immediately have a Healthcare facility… its not like ordering a burger ant McDonald’s. The Health minister indicated there are funds to available to fix the current facility and that the overall intention is build a new facility.
    yet to ask a small Government like Dominica to build roads, Build a new Airport, build new bridges across the Island, build new homes for those who lost their in the past storm, build new schools, pay their debts, keep inflation at bay, build a geothermal plant and all the other projects in play right now is in effect an attempt to bankrupt the government.

    Linton is at fault here, he is MP for Marigot but he acts like he is vice Prime minister! He is involved in affairs of giving mapwi that do not concern him that bring no value to his party nor the country yet overlooks issue in his own backyard!

    this should have been an issue for him from day one to raise funds, repair the facility etc.

    • @UDOHREADYET June 16, 2016

      This is a very profound comment! Linton is doing nothing but filling the people\’s mind with fictitious and exaggerated messages , because he knows most of them cannot think for themselves–especially the young people, who have no idea what Dominica was like before they existed.

      Anyone who was born in 1980 and beyond do not know the hardship living in a small country like Dominica. Unfortunately, Lennox and his men who knows better are hiding the facts as the speak about poverty and endless decline of the economy.

      They want Dominica to be like the USA, Canada, and wherever else some of them reside right now–this is really, really stupid attitude of grown men, who are into nothing else but seeking for fame, fortune, and popularity. But God forbid that Dominica and her God fearing people should pay for that.

  20. Paul
    June 16, 2016

    Let me say what Ive been saying a long time ago, an opposition partyis not meant to oppose everything that the government in power does. Its for the sole pyrpose of creating balance in a nation. It seems to me that no matter what the Skerrit administration does, Linton and his followers are critical of it. Thats not the making of a good leader.. To me linton has the making of a dictaror who dictates to his followers and they do as he says.. Where is his intelligence or even better his common sense. Its time that people realize that Lennox Linton is missleading them and start making intelligent choices.

  21. Sixth nine
    June 16, 2016

    When LENNOX Linton, say to his little tin pot supporters jump they would asked boss how high ,not knowing this guy is thick as a 4×4 plank of wood, i am sure and don’t tell me any different God put this idiot in Dominica to punished us.

  22. Shameless
    June 16, 2016

    Bravo UWP! Finally you all have grown some cashews and ready for the sacrifice. Even if it’s 5 people that show up we will keep on moving until Skerro and his henchmen relent and meet the demands of the good folks of Marigot and environs. All truckers, farmers, doctors, lawyers, priests, call center workers, school children, port workers Etc Etc here is ur opportunity to be heard. Nuff said, no more talk!

  23. Dominican Passports
    June 16, 2016

    This seems like a joke… UWP always doing some koshone, that candle light vigil better be for Mr.Francis resignation.

    • Lucia
      June 16, 2016

      Is people like you that should be travelling in that area and something happens. i hope you will be airlifted….your fool

  24. my own
    June 16, 2016

    Take a look at what got us to this point. Had the authorities did the repairs to the hospital or at least maintained it, it would not be in that sate, so the people are furious because it did not have to get to that point and it’s not because they are finally doing something. They were finding money to do all kind of useless things, for example…throwing a $300,000.00 party for a lady who did nothing and I repeat NOTHING for Dominica. Invited all their rich boys and a few of US BEGGARS to help blow that money. Now thing of what that money alone could have done at the hospital.
    So please lets keep in mind what got us to this point and not is being done now. That’s the same way the country is going, we are letting get to a point where is it almost irreparable before we take a stand and demand for it to be repaired. Sad…

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 16, 2016

      My own

      That’s a good point. You have, as government to send the right signals. Everyone would understand if you do not have the funds for major works at Marigot hospital as we all know money has never grown on trees in DA and we are in a post-erika situation, but you can’t be seen to be lavish with money in some areas as if you have a lot of it and then in other important areas you are asking for patience and understanding.

      Sometimes the authorities bring these situations on themselves and play right into the hands of opportunistic elements among us. Hope there are some lessons learned from this!

      On the other hand I do not necessarily agree that the approach which is being taken can or will bring results but every man to his own, I guess!

  25. Truth be Told
    June 16, 2016

    UWP likes controversy even when something good is happening. If I was the minister of health I would leave the Marigot hospital open to care for all Lennox and his party supporters. But I am not. If I was a UWP supporter, I would backslide long time especially as LL is the leader leading the fools into deeper foolishness!!!!

    • Not a herd follower
      June 16, 2016

      what is the” something good” happening?

    • Lucia
      June 16, 2016

      Thats how the PMH have to come………..ignorant fool

  26. Zandoli
    June 16, 2016

    Who comes up with those hair-brain ideas for UWP?

    The more I try to root for these guys, the more I fee they are not ready for prime time.

  27. d-a born
    June 16, 2016

    Candlelight vigil for what? Wow, and people still follow and support these jokers?

    • Preacher
      June 16, 2016

      Only foolish people and brainless people will follow this crazy man
      Hope after tonight that will open the hospital
      Why he is not asking Matt to have a radio collection on behalf of marigot
      Or better yet seek help from over seas
      Instead of making this brain dead people walk with candles

    • AAGabriel
      June 16, 2016

      You are the joker, because it’s you and your likes that allow Skerrit to fool them over and over again with a few handouts. You are not a member of a society but rather a parasite to society!

      • mine
        June 16, 2016

        A hater will alway bw a hater.

  28. Doc. Love
    June 16, 2016

    I hope the meeting and vigil planned will get a reaction from the Prime Minister. We have heard of meetings with the top brass of the Minister of Health. We have heard from the Parl Rep of Marigot. We have heard from the people of Marigot and the surrounding communities. We have heard from callers of radio talk shows, also DNO, however the most important person we need to hear from is very quiet. Is it a case of the dislike of Mr. Linton showing its ugly head. The closure of the Marigot hospital may not only affect the people of Marigot but also the Prime Minister and his family. I hope this meeting and vigil will be peaceful. Carbon said what happened in 1979 will not be repeated, I hope so. I hope he remembers what happened in 1979. Their was a meeting in Lagoon on May 28th, which started at 8.pm, their was also a vigil, after the meeting and vigil which ended at 9.00 am May 29th, the people moved to the Government Headquarters, the rest is history

    • Truth Knowledge
      June 17, 2016

      You omitted the most important factor, the Government at the time, the Patrick John lead Labour Government, had very little support throughout the entire country. Farmers, public officers, professionals, preachers, etc, etc, across the entire spectrum had lost faith in and, in many instances were actively opposed to the Patrick John Government. Whilst the same bellicose voices are daily raised on our airwaves, do you really see evidence that the entire country, or even a majority of the populace, has turned against the Skeritt Government? I don’t.

  29. ahah
    June 16, 2016

    We are going on the public road in Melville Hall at 7:00 o’clock on Thursday night and that will be followed by an all-night vigil. We will be there with our candles, we will be there with our food, we will be there with our change of clothing. We will be spending the entire night there.” – I’m not at all happy that the hospital is in such state but serioulsy?? So at some point when people ready to sleep they have their “nighty” to change on the public road. smh. Don’t forget allu toothbrush.

  30. Jaded
    June 16, 2016

    Is the UWP an interest group or a serious political party who wants to form the next government? Are these guys serious?

    • %
      June 16, 2016

      Yes they are serious about the concerns of the Marigot people and their hospital largely abandoned by a group/gang of evil and wicked people..Lazy heads like you don’t care a darn.

  31. Horton G
    June 16, 2016

    What are they asking for? That the hospital be reopened and no repairs be done? Just seems to me they are working back to front. Something is happening and they are not pleased that something is happening.

    Because if they cared for the patients and staff you would think they would see that as something positive happening. You have to wonder about the UWP thought process.

    Minister of Health reopen the Marigot Hospital and allow the UWP TO fund the repairs themselves. I believe that is what they want because if they do not want it reopened as is this demonstration after the fact makes little sense to me. Another distraction to development this time again in another Constituency where the UWP has a party representative.

    The chicken comes before the egg in this one.

    • June 16, 2016

      Why dont you shut your mouth please SENSELESS

      • Peace
        June 16, 2016

        Well, why don’t you answer the question? Is this vigil to have the hospital reopened??? Should it be reopened without repairs and treatment for molds? What is the desired outcome of this all night meeting? Every meeting has a desired outcome so please articulate these as folks like me “shut my mouth” and wait for you to enlighten us. Thank you in advance.

    • my own
      June 16, 2016

      @Horton g….I don’t think you understand what’s going on or your brain is so up your intestine that you can’t seems to think or remember anything. Take a look at what got us to this point. Had the authorities did the repairs to the hospital or at least maintained it, it would not be in that sate, so the people are furious because it did not have to get to that point and it’s not because they are finally doing something. They were finding money to do all kind of useless things, for example…throwing a $300,000.00 party for a lady who did nothing and I repeat NOTHING for Dominica. Invited all their rich boys and a few of US BEGGARS to help blow that money. Now thing of what that money alone could have done at the hospital.
      So please lets keep in mind what got us to this point and not is being done now. That’s the same way the country is going, we are letting get to a point where is it almost irreparable before we take a stand and demand for it to be repaired. Sad…

      • June 16, 2016

        peace why you all so dom in dominica you do not under stand that we need our hospital now it is 2 years now you can see the neglect.PLEASE AGAIN WE DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU SAY RIGHT NOW NO CONSTITUTION IS GOING TO STOP US.

      • Horton G
        June 16, 2016

        My Own, you are upset after so long that the government is finally going to repair the hospital? You are protesting that?

        So we are to believe you really did not want the repairs to take place. You wanted it to stay as is so you can keep on saying there is mould in there and the government is not doing anything about it.

        So after the all night vigil what do you want to accomplish? That the Ministry of Health stop the work and reopen the Hospital with all the mould?

        What do you want? Work to stop? That is the only logical reason I can make out of the vigil? The Roseau bridge and river and wall did not stop, so now you want the Marigot Hospital work to stop? Is that it? The Ministry should grant you your wish. Except the DLP cares for the people so they will continue the work in spite of you.

        My Own, What do you really want!! confrontation with law enforcement? You don’t care whether the hospital is fix or not do you?

    • %
      June 16, 2016

      They will be asking for you to sweep the white dust from your brain.

  32. %
    June 16, 2016

    I shall be there after all!!!…Hope it will not be simply TALK!TALK!and more TALK!!

    • Black jack
      June 16, 2016

      % that sounds like your kind of place don’t come back :twisted: ?

      • LawieBawie
        June 17, 2016

        When you are writing you should put up your entire name my friend….Black Jackass.

  33. As thousands of patriotic Dominicans begin to make their way to the Village of Marigot, this (one man) Government should start doing some serious introspection with regards to its practice of victimization and lack of priorities. The Government should reflect on its legacy of violating the election laws of our Country and using the National purse to gain an unfair advantage during past election cycles. It should consider the unfairness of having a parliament that deliberately and openly suppresses the voice of the opposition. It should consider the futility of ignoring important growth engines within the Country and relying on the sale of the Nation’s sovereign documents. The (one man) Government should truly take a long time to think about the systematic degradation of the Country’s health care system and facilities. This Government must come to the realization that the tolerance and patience of Dominican Citizens can only last for so long.

  34. Yung Musician
    June 16, 2016

    Candle light vigil? Seriously? Partner hell bent on making a fool of himself and his supporters.

  35. MUDD
    June 16, 2016

    The only candlelight vigil that should be held is for the UWP to get a New Leader. Who vex to bad

    • June 16, 2016


      • Black jack
        June 16, 2016

        Passie, have you got a problem with Mudd opinion or what?

      • Ex da lawman
        June 16, 2016

        Lol.The part through which waste exists the body. Or a donkey better known as you know a..

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