The issue of solving the vexing problem of vagrancy in Roseau will soon be presented to Cabinet for consideration.
This is according to Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux who spoke at a concert held at the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) building of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on Sunday.
According to Darroux, it is common knowledge and no secret that the vagrancy situation is having a negative impact on, “our visitors especially those from the cruise ships.”
“The Ministry of Health is prepared to lead the fight in addressing it,” he said. “And a social impact assessment will soon be conducted that would guide the long-term policy and the management of vagrancy in Dominica.”
Darroux noted that addressing vagrancy requires collaborative effort and should not be limited to, “tourism, legal affairs, national security, housing and other social services.”
The issue of vagrants in Roseau has been a long standing issue in Dominica.
They are said to be a nuisance to tourists who come to Dominica and a reason given for the island receiving low ratings by visitors, according to reports.
In November 2013, then Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas, admitted that he was unsure how the matter is going to be resolved.
He threw it at the feet of the Ministry of Health, which he said is ultimately responsible for dealing with it.
Just a few months ago, Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, described the matter as having a “negative impediment” on the tourism industry and said that his department is already having meetings with relevant authorities to further address it.