Work to resume on new hospital next month – PM Skerrit

Work halted on the facility after Hurricane Maria

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that construction works at the much talked about ‘state-of-the-art’ new Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is expected to resume next month [November].

This after he met with a special delegation from China which visited Dominica to hold discussions on the hospital and schools, he said.

“I have been advised by the Chinese side that we could see a resumption of works at the new hospital next month,” he revealed on state-own DBS Radio on Sunday evening.

Work on the facility halted after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

Skerrit stated that the Chinese team agreed with his government on a number of requests made in respect to matters relating to the functionality of the floor plan of the hospital.

“We signed an agreement on this and they will move to make those changes as requested by the Ministry of Health,” Skerrit said. “The Chinese government has also agreed to redo the roofs of the hospital.”

He explained that two buildings already constructed by Chinese so far will continue as planned.

However, he said the remaining nine buildings will be redesigned to include concrete roofs.

“So that it will eliminate the possibility of the roof being blown away in the event of a Hurricane,” Skerrit stated. “They have also agreed to review the windows and the doors. The windows will be able to withstand 150/160 mile winds…the hospital itself we can feel much safer.”

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41 Comments

  1. October 9, 2018

    It seems as if you people in Dominican are made with a heart of stone, walking your lives with a stature of mind without wisdom and understanding because it is plagued with darkness; I will continue to say.

    Everyone in Dominica should understand the destruction of Maria, which left the whole Nation stranded in Life. The Government needed to look after first things first, which was helping the Nation to get back on their feet, firstly having a roof over their head; making it possible for drivers and pedestrians to go on their daily routine, and what other services that were necessities–not luxuries–how were they able to put all of those aspects to work if they did not hold back on certain things –such as the construction of a new Hospital?

    For crying it loud! What is 12 months after a category 5 hurricane destroyed our functioning of Life –come on people put your minds to work, in the places where there is Light–GET OUT OF THE DARKNESS!

    • RandyX
      October 10, 2018

      Shut up! You haven’t got a clue what you are talking about. Do you know how many people still live under plastic sheeting? Do you know that they are all supporters of the opposition? You PM is a despiteful humun being and most certainly not fit to be PM of the nation. In 14 years he has achieved what others would achieve in 5 years. Having said that one thing your PM is really good at and that’s skimming the state finances. He is a world leader when it comes to that.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 10, 2018

      Elizabeth you know what is your problem?

      I will tell you; life has passed you by, you are so isolated in North York; with no visitors, or friends, your only connection with the world is Face Book and DNO.

      The only thing which keeps you sane is the defense of that corrupted evil man Roosevelt Skerrit. If we make a soft bed in life we sleep in it; nevertheless, if we make a hard bed, with rock-stone for a pillow we go through hell when we sleep. You can defend Roosevelt as much as you wish that is not going to bring any change to your personal life!

      All you are doing is aiding and abating corruption and thievery; if Roosevelt is returned to power in our country; the lights will go out; and I mean that in the literal sense of the word; the country will collapsed; perhaps that means nothing to you since you do not understand the term collapsed economy.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    October 9, 2018

    Why should the Labor Cabal care about health care, when they fly out on private planes to take care of theirs.

    • Neville
      October 10, 2018

      …courtesy of Ma Dominique but unfortunately a misuse of public funds. The minute this government is gone an independent enquiry has to be set up to audit the public finances, PetroCaribe and CBI program and any iregularities need to be brought to the new chief of police with the clear stipulation to interview everybody under suspicion. I guess the entire cabinet and others will be staying in police cells for a while until the public prosecutor will bring the case to court.

  3. RandyX
    October 9, 2018

    Election is very close. Whenever that man anounces one project after another, elections are near. The problem is all these promised projects he will promise again in 5 years time, if, god forbid, Dominicans are stupid enough to sell their votes again.

    • DEE
      October 9, 2018

      I put on my linnette bois to read ” work halted on the Facility after hurricane Maria ”
      I took a very close look (enlarged) looking for ” State of The Art” hospital in the making
      and even with the linnette bois what i seeing dere confusing ..
      ”State of the Art” ein.
      we dow tired make ourself look like de joojoos of the Caribbean .
      Where de state of art ?
      just like the term they coined ”most hurricane resilient Country”
      I so confused ein .

      • Neville
        October 10, 2018

        Where the state of the art you asking? In Skerrits head and in his head only. The man is full of BS.

  4. %
    October 9, 2018

    Election at our door steps.
    Any tablets for students Skerrit?? .. Your incompetent dullard.The days of voting for dimples and incompetence are over.. Your consummate failure !!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

    • My My
      October 9, 2018

      Boy I can’t wait for % to win the election , because he will eventually give his pewein from Wesley a trip back to DA. The person left Dominica over 50 years ago and still talking a pile of crap. Robinson Caruso said, A Land I Shall Visit No More. We are used to your foul mouth and insults, come back home whyoo payee la chaszay whyoo!

    • playboy
      October 10, 2018

      I would just LOVE for you to point out the many areas which show Skerrit as LAZY and where Lennox Linton, on the other hand, is really hard-working.
      I’m waiting.

  5. Paul Rossnof
    October 9, 2018

    I’ve been waiting for this announcement to come. So elections are definitely very close because the new state of the art PMH is to come soon. Within the next few weeks we will also be informed that contract for the new state of the art airport have been signed (by now they have been signed 3 times), the new state of the art hospital in Marigot has finally been approved by Mexico (by now it has been approved twice), construction of the state of the art geothermal plant is to commence soon (by now it has commenced twice already), a contract to construct 5 new state of the art bridges is imminent (you know the once that last at least 2 years) and next month, according to the PM, we should see pink pigs flying in the sky above Roseau… DOMINICA NICE!

    • Jheri Curl
      October 9, 2018

      buying votes season is here again
      buying votes is back in style
      oh boy Labour Ka Travay

  6. Paul Rossnof
    October 9, 2018

    I knew all along that this announcement would come sooner rather than later because elections are around the corner. Just before elections Dominica always gets a new airport, a new state of the art hospital, a new hospital in Marigot, the geothermal plant is about to go on line and the work on at least 5 new bridges is about to start. If Skerrit was not a notorious liar we would have by now in operation: 2 international airports, 3 new hospitals… And Skerrit keeps on fooling the citizen of DA!!

  7. thanks
    October 8, 2018

    When all you adding concrete roof, please consider that earthquakes are on the rise.

    • Dominican
      October 9, 2018

      Well you cannot solve both… galvanize, winds blow… concrete roof, earthquake… it’s better to think of which is more likely to occur. We haven’t had a serious earthquake in DA for quite some time and hopefully it will remain that way, so a concrete roof is not really a bad idea.

  8. jus cool
    October 8, 2018

    A new hospital was promised as one of the four pillars project over 10 years ago. Please prioritize investment into infrastructure for the health care industry as this helps bring longevity of our people.Also the north need a top class medical facility as our main airport & all these hotel rooms in the pipeline.

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 8, 2018

    “This after he met with a special delegation from China which visited Dominica to discuss to hold discussions on the hospital and schools, he said. ”

    Everybody in Dominica must be confused by this one! How much ridiculous, and comical will Roosevelt get? Here have a so called state of the art hospital under construction; this is a addition to the old Princess Margaret Hospital built by the British in the 1950’s.

    If reality was reality in Dominica, I would imagine from the time Roosevelt brought the Chines in and construction began, work would have continued until complete!

    Prior to the commencement of a project all of the money should be allocated, so how come there is a halt construction, and now Chines visit to hold discussions.

    Shouldn’t discussions be held prior tot he start of construction, and stipulations regarding a contract signed? 

    Dominicans continue to let Roosevelt walk over you with his nonsense until the island collapse economically.

    Mogadishu in…

    • October 9, 2018

      You all Dominicans are sick to the bones. If he had said nothing, you all would still complain. Nothing the man says or does will please you all worthless Dominicans.

    • October 9, 2018

      Telemaque, you are the one who is confused.

      Once again you simply jumped at the 2nd paragraph of the article to write rubbish.

      Take a look at the paragraph you commented against; see that it is not the direct words from PM Skerrit: for DNO always put the spoken words of the messenger in quotes; that quote is in the 3rd paragraph.

      Here it is–This after he met with a special delegation from China which visited Dominica to discuss to hold discussions on the hospital and schools, he said– DNO. I see some error in that paragraph as well, but I don’t think it is the fault of PM Skerrit; because it is not in quotes

      But to my understanding, if there was any discussion, it was about resuming constructions, of the hospital,–which might have been held back, because of hurricane Maria.

      Stop trying to be smart, but making a fool of yourself. Learn to read the whole message and between the lines if you are going to respond negatively or positively.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        October 10, 2018

        You been an idiot for so long you are unable to understand truth from fiction!

        Question: Do you believe the Chines would leave China in the first place go to Dominica to build an addition to an existing hospital, worked on it for more than year; without holding  talks in the first place and signing a contract?

        The fact is Elizabeth, Roosevelt is not as smart as your kind believe, that guy is incompetent, he takes bad advise for foreigners like the guy out of Barbados, and implement them; hence everything he touches turns to ashes!

        If I am renovating one of my buildings, I first allocate (save) whatever amount of money it takes to buy materials, and pay workers, hence I start and complete the job.

        We are talking about a government Elizabeth, nothing Roosevelt get started in Dominica ever come to fruition; everything gets started and never gets finished, and that is because the man is a fool; he does not know what the hell he is doing!

  10. It's my damn business
    October 8, 2018

    Why do we pay a moomoo president when Skerrit is the president of Dominica? Why pay a damn minister of Education when Skerrit is the minister of Education? Why pay a minister of health when Skerrit is the minister of health! Why pay a minister of agriculture when Skerrit is the minister of health? Why pay a minister of public works when Skerrit is the minister of works? Why pay a minister of Ecclesiastes when Skerrit is the minister of religion? Why pay a minister of tourism when Skerrit is that minister? Why pay so much money to buy Judas Iscarriot and made him minister of hurricane when Skerrit is the hurricane? Why pay a minister of national security when is Skerrit and Tony in charge? People why pay 18 Ministers when Skerrit is the one trying to be minister for everything yet, cannot do anything? Are we Bewitched in this country? Did sukuya peeepee on us? Skerrit destroying everything but yet wants to run everything . Boy we sick in this country and our media making us more zort

  11. Red Ants Bite
    October 8, 2018

    What a shame, what a shame what a shame! I must admit that I am very ashamed with the way Skerrit treats the people of Dominica. When he became PM in 2004, he met three hospitals functioning like hospitals ought to function. Since then he felt the best thing to do was to close down the Marigot hospital and use the then hospital medical doctor to run in the Marigot constituency for him. I’m quite sure he was well paid to do that. Skerrit did not even think of the number of people that could be affected and even die because he closed down the hospital. But what I am vex about is to hear him talk about work to resume on the PMH, 13 months after Maria. Does Skerrit think of what is important to us? Since Maria he paid Judas thousands of dollars to curse UWP and come and bow he knees to him. Since Maria he has paid several new candidates large sums of money to leave their job to run on a DLP ticket. All to protect him but to HELL with the people even if they die so long he buries them.

    • October 9, 2018

      @Red Ants Bite October 8, 2018

      You are the one who should be ashamed to write this nonsubstance passage here. Are you saying that PM Skerrit simply closed down a hospital that was in good standing and functional to accommodate sick people, assuring that they would return home in a healthier state? Don’t you think that it was contaminated with your nature (the Red Ants that Bite) among other health-threatening substances–such as mold?

      Answer this question to yourself and rebuke that stupid production of your mind

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 10, 2018

      Let me tell you something; the closing of the Marigot Hospital is not the only old institution Roosevelt shut down you; the man shut down police stations, in an area where the drudge dealers passage their drudges; it appeared he wanted then to bring their drugs into the country free from police intervention.

      The sad thing is that there are plenty people in the country like foolish Elizabeth propping this evil guy up. Don’t be surprise if they vote that man back in to office.

      Skerrit does not have any source of revenue to run the country that is why you see work on the addition to the hospital stop. It does not appear even the Chines are interested in wasting time with him anymore, hence he depends on the sale of passports to get money.

      That source soon dry up. The Chines told Roosevelt the only way Dominica will begin to make some progress is when he build an international Airport!

      Did he listen?

      Lack of that Ross Left!

      • October 10, 2018

        It is a good thing that you know it was an “old institution” no tell the people of Dominica how old it was and why it was shut down.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        October 11, 2018

        I do not know if you will ever read this, but let me inform you the building you are living in located in North York; is perhaps more than a hundred years old! Have you landlord decided to shut, or break it down because it is old?

        The Marigot Hospital was perhaps little over a hundred years old; the same as the Portsmouth Hospital, and wherever they are in Dominica. Age was not the reason; the reason is Roosevelt Skerrit refused to maintain and do renovation work on the hospital when it was needed.

        Hence, he that idiot Roosevelt Skerrit allowed termites, rodents, and mole to take over the old institution where many life’s were saved during the colonial rule of Dominica.

        Every former administration after the British left maintained the hospital; until Dr. Punjab, that idiot came along destroying everything in his path!

        Just as he tried to destroy the Wesley Village Secondary school because UWP build it.

        Your loved pm is an idiot!

  12. Self
    October 8, 2018

    Its time for you to go!

  13. Da
    October 8, 2018

    Where will we get the medical supplies to care for the sick people who will go to the hospital for care? because as far as a nurse told me they are short on everything at PMH today.
    Skerroo you are putting the cat before the horse. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. I already have shame so you can’t fool me anymore.
    Bye Bye!! you have outlived your usefulness as the fake P.M you are.

  14. Massacre
    October 8, 2018

    All of a sudden work is being promised in all areas of Dominica! We are not going to fall for this national development drive that should have begun soon after Hurricane Maria, when you had the chance to unite the country and distribute the relief aidd evenly.
    Skerroo is talking like he is using magic to build all these projects. Doh matter what you say or do now, we are still going to vote you out!!
    I will never vote you again.

  15. anonymous2
    October 8, 2018

    Why wasn’t all of this taken into account before now? Somebody is asleep on the job.

  16. Channel 1
    October 8, 2018

    So you mean to tell me that before Maria, the so-called state-of-the-art hospital was being designed to accommodate galvanized roof? But what I reading dere nuh.

    You know the number of times delays on dat new hospital was being blamed on design & re-design issues.

    So these bonafide jokers didn’t know all along that Dominica was in a hurricane zone and critical infrastructure such as the hospital should be designed to accommodate concrete roof? 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

    Where they get dem people dere nuh. Phew!!!!!!

    • %
      October 8, 2018

      I am surprised at you ….Those Misleaders should never surprise you again ….Have you forgotten that this DLP led by Mr incompetence, Roosevelt Skerrit, is a cannot do government? Even when something is done it quickly crumbles… It’s an evil regime,a cursed regime.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

      • Channel 1
        October 9, 2018

        @% – :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Agreed. “Dem fellas” holding true to form.

        In the next edition of the Oxford & Webster Dictionaries, a picture of Skerrit & his entire cabinet should be placed next to the definition for the word Incompetent.

  17. DEE
    October 8, 2018

    I so confused.
    I wonder if what i read is true ?
    ”work Is expected to resume next month November”
    you mean since hurricane Maria ?
    ”The Chinese Government has also agreed to redo the roofs of the hospital ”

  18. %
    October 8, 2018

    Skerrit Minister of Health
    Skerrit Minister of Agriculture
    Skerrit Minister of Tourism
    Skerrit Minister of Education
    Lazy Skerrit Minister of Community Development
    Skerrit Minister of The Environment
    Skerrit Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Skerrit Minister ofegal Affairs
    This man/MISLEADER speaks for all the other morons and simpletons in this wicked and evil DLP.These moo moos much be getting money every month for doing nothing ..Imagine having dumb,lazy inarticulate Skerrit speaking for you!!
    And some people are asking why Dominica is a failed state???
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Beloved
      October 9, 2018

      Poor pity %; so sorry you are still drinking that stupid bush tea. Alaa % are you gonna start bottling the water as promised.

    • Dominican to bone
      October 19, 2018

      U sound so stupid with Wat u wrote it seems u need to go back to skool go get work to do .

  19. DEE
    October 8, 2018

    CONFUSING
    whats going on nah ?

  20. REAL!!!!!
    October 8, 2018

    What is going on with the Marigot Hospital.

    Why is the GOVT not valuing the lives of the Dominican people?

    What happens if a major crash happens at the airport will people be driven 1hrs to get proper medical treat….then the question would be how many could we have saved if we had a proper hospital in the Marigot Area.

    No vision for the people of Dominica under this GOVT but only knee jerk reaction with minimal benefits.

  21. jamie
    October 8, 2018

    Skerrit please,empty barrels make the most noise,this phrase you guys use stat of the art my foot,and who will be maintaining this so called state of the art hospital.DOMINICA IS DOOMED,AND UNLESS NO CHANGE IT WILL REMAIN THE SAME.

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