Government embarks on “remarkable” health care journey according to Darroux

Darroux addresses launch of Marigot candidate

Minister for health, Dr. Kenneth Darroux has said the government is embarking on a “remarkable journey” towards a complete and affordable health care sector in Dominica.

At the launch of DLP candidate for the Marigot constituency Gregory “Karessah” Riviere on Sunday, Darroux stated that Dominicans will witness changes in infrastructure and services in health care in the coming months.

“I would like to reassure each and every one of you that the future of health care on the island looks good,”he enthused. “In the coming months you will witness the revolution of the health care sector both in infrastructure and services that will set the standards for health care services in the sub region.”

The minister continued, “From the opening of our state of the art Dominica China Friendship Hospital in the next few days, to the construction of 12 modern health centers and polyclinics around the island. From the inaugural services of an MRI machine to the construction of the new Marigot hospital.”

Photo of design of new hospital

The new hospital, Darroux revealed, will be a 40 thousand square foot and two story facility with over a bed capacity of more than 50. It will include a wide range of essential modern services such as an accident and emergency department, ambulatory services, intensive care unit, maturity and pediatric wards, laboratory services, radiology department, a trauma center and an operating theater.

He reassured Riviere that within his first 2 years, if elected, he will cut the ribbon to the new and modern Marigot hospital.

Prime Minister Skerrit announced on State-owned DBS Radio on Wednesday morning that the government and Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE) have signed an agreement for the construction of the  hospital. Skerrit said that work is expected to begin on the facility before the end of the year.

The health minister also gave the assurance that the “historic” pilot national health insurance program will be improved, as well as the availability of specialty services in Dominica and added that twenty-six community health workers will be employed to complete the reconstruction of the nursing service on the island.

DLP supporters at Riviere’s launch

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  1. RandyX
    August 23, 2019

    Darroux, the only thing this rogue government is gonna embark on is a remarkable exit. As things stand at the moment all you lot do not even get the chance to participate in the next election. For all you Minister a word of advice, you should all assess your position right now before it is to late…! Skerrit will be ok for the time being but he won’t give a damn about all you. Once the full damage in the ministry of finance is assessed the new government will go after Skerrit wherever he might be hiding. Make no mistake about that and those who stick with him till the bitter end won’t fare any better!!

  2. Will
    August 23, 2019

    Year of concepts and nothing doing.

  3. dee
    August 23, 2019

    Here we go again
    don’t anyone notice , we now have as many new hospitals as international airports ?
    weh weh weh .

  4. KaliNeg
    August 22, 2019

    :?: With all those empty promises elections upon elections that we are yet to see, just like the missing$1.2 billion we’ll probably have to take a spacecraft to go look for those promises somewhere hidden in the clouds. … :?: ☁️

  5. viewsexpressed
    August 22, 2019

    DNO, I, viewsexpressed attempted to send a write up I did about 10minutes ago, that is 4:05pm, Re Skerrit. Please follow up, as I sent it told me its a duplicate and just disappeared. Kindly find it and position it among a Comment. Well it is. Thanks Much

    ADMIN: Please check again, we believe this was posted, if not do let us know.

    • viewsexpressed
      August 24, 2019

      Thanks DNO, yes it has been posted. Thanks much

  6. Vieille case millionaire
    August 22, 2019

    I will give 1/4 of a million 💰after the election, for the accountability of the$ billion to find out what the minister of finance,and p m has done with Dominican money

  7. Truth Be Told
    August 22, 2019

    After 20 years in office I do not want to see a ‘Photo of design of new hospital’ which is paraded to fool the public every election year. After 20 years in office I want to see the new hospital.
    And do not tell me that we are going to embark on “remarkable” health care journey, after 20 years in office we should be at the destination by now! After 20 years in office we cannot arrive at a destination on anything with this Labour Party Government! We are always going to, with if, maybe, hopefully, planning to, proposing! Sa kway ton eh, just get on with it!

  8. REAL!!!!
    August 22, 2019

    1.2BILLION dollars is missing of the people’s money under PM Skerrit who is also the Minister of Finance .
    While 80% of Dominica population lives Paycheck to Paycheck and on Wednesday many have to go the PM office to get MONEY to put food on their table because their families are hungry.

    This is a heartless administration that should be voted out immediately and be investigated thoroughly by the people .

    Too Late for Healthcare Journey …We need this GOVT Out of Office!!!!!!

    Where the Money Uncle!!!!!!

  9. Do it right
    August 22, 2019

    Dr. Darroux. What about properly repairing the roads near the existing hospitals? The possible routes for the ambulances 🚑? I am talking in particular about a lane near the PHM, that connects with the roundabout. This lane was recently resurfaced by the DLP, days before they launched their candidate for Roseau North, Joseph Isaac. It now has a very wide and deep hole that needs urgent attention.The whole front of an ambulance can fit in it. Such low quality road resurfacing is not acceptable for a hospital zone. Do it right the first time around. We deserve the best.

  10. Roger Burnett
    August 22, 2019

    The design of hospitals is increasingly becoming a specialized field of architecture. This then begs the question: do Montreal Management Consultants Est have the necessary expertise.

    In the absence of architectural plans, the “Photo Design of New Hospital” that illustrates this news item is all we have to go on.

  11. Ibo France
    August 22, 2019

    If one were to rate a government’s performance, one should examine the economy, healthcare system, national security among others. The Skerrit DLP led administration has failed miserably in those three most important sectors mentioned. The corrupt regime should hang their heads in collective and everlasting shame and bow out of politics. These tired and empty promises bring no comfort to a long suffering people.

  12. RandyX
    August 22, 2019

    15 years of Skerrit and the DLP and only now they want to improve on the healthcare and service. You guys are jokers and persistent liars. By the way, could the minister of health show us those illusive 3 new hospitals and 6 new health centre that were built courtesy of the CBI program? I mean the one in Goodwill was financed by China, well that’s what we were told anyway. So were are the other three??? Or could it perhaps be that Skerrit is desperately looking for a massive project now where he could make us believe that’s were the missing CBI money has gone to?? As I said before, you guys are finished, the constant lying has caught up with all you. As soon as we have a new government we will have all the accounts audited and we will hold ALL you responsible for every missing cent. Don’t you forget that!

    • dee
      August 23, 2019

      Re makeable Darroux
      man you have really been re made .

  13. Red voter
    August 21, 2019

    My advice to the government is to pack and run because Dominica needs them out! We can’t wait for election because I see trouble ahead. My advice is the every single member of government resign forthwith, so we could have an interim government to unite the country and then lead us to election. Please save Dominica from bloodshed and resign even if is ungracefully

      August 22, 2019

      Dno, isn’t that inciting violence when in that comment that person speaks of trouble ahead and asking to save Dominica from Blood Shed?

      ADMIN: Merely using the word bloodshed is not the same as incitement to violence. For it to be incitement the statement must encourage someone to commit a crime.

      • Ibo France
        August 23, 2019

        KID, you get schooled every time for your ignorance. Go and educate yourself instead of spending an inordinate amount of time trying to do the impossible, that is, defending a most corrupt government.

      • viewsexpressed
        August 24, 2019

        Kid on the block, please, I hope that you are not going to “incitement violence?”. And DNO is so correct, unlike your immature thoughts.
        For it to be incitement the statement must encourage someone to commit a crime.
        Kid on the Block, please focus on the on going thievery or mis appropriation or Misappropriation of states funds, and that is our money. Please focus there and try not to distract us and you be in denial of the ongoing, since 19 years ago of the obvious failures and incompetence of Failed Skerrit nd hi Corrupt, waste of time Labour Government. For example please talk to us of the 1. Bin Bobol, 2. Fertilizer Bobol and the Red Clinic Bobo. Tell Skerrit to account for this misuse of our funds and reduced our people to poverty and begging. Skerrit must Go. Skerrit Get Lost. Failed, corrupt Labour Party Government, please go away. you all have failed our Domininca and hurt the people of Dominica.
        We welcome Hon. Linton and his highly professional UWP decent Team.

  14. %
    August 21, 2019

    Darroux both you and Karresa will be rejected .
    Shameless Darroux I wonder why, after your public rejection by Skerrit, you still re-entered the ring! Did you get anything enticing? If yes, from whom?
    If you tell me, remember I won’t talk!
    Whey is the money?
    Whey is the money?
    Whey is the money!

    • Joseph John
      August 22, 2019

      I am putting my money on Greg Riviere. So far no one has posted any bad tract record about him. On his tract record and as a result of unofficial polling it is predicted that he will beat Lennox Linton by a wide margin. He is well educated, talented, and is a community activist. He is also reliable and a competent worker.
      Lennox on the other hand…… competition. Greg will win convincingly. 100 % sure.

      • Neville
        August 24, 2019

        Nobody really cares what you do! Apart from acting as Skerrits mouthpiece in exchange for a few dollar you are a useless individual that keeps on betraying his country. You are nothing absolutely nothing!

  15. Kalinago Justice
    August 21, 2019

    :?: This one-man corrupt rogue regime is one that’s made the most unfulfilled promises in the history of politics in Waitukubuli! Elections gimmickry after elections gimmickry,yet still these promises has been a comfort to fools! Instead of making another elections gimmickry promise, just build it let the people see! :?: Once again, it’s the same foreign company selling our citizenship/passports who’s promised to build it without any public bidding/tendering in order to give local contractors and the people of the island by extension a chance to earn money! If we the people on island don’t decide to remove this one-man corrupt rogue regime, it’s best we ask for all the volcanoes on island to erupt all at once! DNO, please rally your people to remove this burden of rogues on our backs I’m crying out to you!!!

    • Joseph John
      August 22, 2019

      You must be crying fake tears in the rain that is why you cannot see the promises of DLP that has been fulfilled.
      Where is the data to support your lie. Please give a list of political promises that have not been kept.
      The DLP never made a promise to stand with us during crisis and disasters like Mathew, Erica and Maria. But the government was very pro active in these situation unlike your uwp gang in the tim tim one term party. These cowards went into hiding. They have proved to be incompetent in everything except fake accusations and propaganda. And NEGATIVITY.
      They claim that they can do nothing because they are not in Cabinet. So they accept a salary every month for doing nothing.
      With their rogue mentality to do mischief three of their main fake leaders went to Guyana to disrupt a CARIFTA Heads of government conference. Their rogue regime attitude sent them overseas to call our ladies “prostitutes”
      Rogue regime attitude gave government 14 days to depart

      • viewsexpressed
        August 24, 2019

        With their rogue mentality to do mischief three of their main fake leaders went to Guyana to disrupt a CARIFTA Heads of government conference. Their rogue regime attitude sent them overseas to call our ladies “prostitutes”
        Joseph John, when on earth are you going to wake up from this fake, failed Labour Party rogue mentality, with that company that your frequent, going to elevate yourself to some level of political decency? Why don`t you leave this to failed Skerrit, why do you have to reduce yourself to this dustbin rubbish and what really have you benefited really from this corrupt regime over the past 19 years. Why dont yo go elevate yourself, and go to college or university to raise your profile to one of decency and academic of politics, soci-economic development and not in the company of this failed bobolistc and highly corrupted incompetent regime of Skerrit and this blind so called labour government. Man go get a life and take care of yourself. Skerrit is not good company.

  16. jungle
    August 21, 2019

    And we’re all going to get pet unicorns.

  17. Gouvelma
    August 21, 2019

    I am really fed up with the labor party doing this. Oh no. It’s DNO doing it. I am asking again. DNO are you the 22nd candidate for the DLP/SFP? You are reporting on a story. You are telling us of the “new hospital. It’s been almost a decade since it commenced. Surely one of your journalist must have visited the site and seen the progress since then. Why is it that today you are bringing us a story concerning that hospital and still giving us computer enhance photos of what it will or should look like in completion. Why can’t you give us an up to date picture of the progress of work on the site? Are you doing all you can to make DLP/SFP look Good? Please do not sell your credibility for nothing. If you want to remain relevant do the honorable thing and keep us up to date on happenings. Don’t work for political parties. News knows no affiliation.

    ADMIN: We take your point about the pictures, we simply did not have any available at the time of publishing.

    However in reference to your other points, we will make this clear: we are not affiliated to nor do we work for any of the political parties.

    • Joseph John
      August 22, 2019

      DNO you do not work for any party, but your slants favour the uwp to the extent that you usually photo- shop Linton’s picture to hide his facially challenged face. You also delete any comment that is made to his 5th grade educationally challenged mentality or his terrorist attitude.
      NB, its ok if you do not print this posting. I am used to : duplicate,under consideration you already said. Sometimes the piece just “gone missing” . No problem if you want to control public opinion with your biasness. Remember the Star, Chronicle and Herald. Remember their bias role in the pre May 29, 1979 fiasco. Unfairness usually face its waterloo. Remember the people who were at DBS at that time, misfortune usually follow unfairness and extreme biasness..So take warning big guys.

      ADMIN: We had a hearty laugh over the first part of your post. Don’t you also think its funny that we are being criticized by both an opposition and government supporter for the same article?

      We hope that one day all Dominicans red, blue or any other persuasion starts to see the truth right in front of their faces.

      “…misfortune usually follow unfairness and extreme biasness..So take warning big guys”

      ADMIN: You really should take your own advice.

      • viewsexpressed
        August 24, 2019

        Well said DNO Admin, well said. This bind loyalists knows not the bigger picture of the poor governance of this failed Skerrit’s Labour government. A big failure indeed and the more nonsense he writes, th more he will be told off.
        We need failed , incompetent Skerrit for over 19 years to ho. He has failed us and must Go.
        We welcome Hon. Lennox Linton and his highly professional UWP Team. Dominica now has that chance for change and kick that Failed labour Government Out of office. Skerrit must Go.

    • LifeandDeath
      August 22, 2019

      Don’t get spooked admin. Keep doing your work in Good faith.
      I support @Gouvelma re updated photos. We tired see pie in the Sky pictures and many of us are on edge from all those years of broken promises.
      This regime is utterly deceitful, so you wanna do your best to not appear to be in their corner at all..point taken.

    • Ibo France
      August 22, 2019

      DNO , at times I share these same sentiments as Gouvelma. Give the public the real thing every time. You sometimes appear partisan. Give the raw data, real photos if you don’t want to forever damage your credibility.

  18. Ibo France
    August 21, 2019

    A nation’s health is it’s wealth. Any government that allows it’s healthcare system to fall into such a dilapidated and dysfunctional state doesn’t deserve to run a pig farm not a country for sure. The Marigot Hospital and several health centers throughout the length and breath of the country were rendered unusable under this present maladministration. The torrents of promises this election cycle from Skerrit and his ministers are so overburdening to the mind that I’ve lost track months ago. People wise up! Don’t be fooled yet again. Enough is enough!

  19. Voice of Reason
    August 21, 2019

    I sometimes wonder whether politicians realize that they are elected by the people to serve and that the execution of their responsibilities as the government is no favor to the people.
    I am even more stunned when they believe that the masses are ignorant and cannot detect fact from fiction.
    How does a Minister of government, who’s been in power for almost two decades, who should know that the health care system in the country is severely lacking, who is familiar with the death trap we call a hospital, has the audacity to even think that the partial China Friendship hospital is a grande accomplishment? And to time the partial opening to coincide with the country’s general election is both shameful and misleading. To have the citizenry suffer through a failing healthcare system just to catch votes at election time is wicked and mind boggling!
    What have we become? Who are we? We are a proud people; we are intelligent and unabashed! Why on earth do we accept this crap!

  20. awa wi
    August 21, 2019

    those man in the dlp does be wearing the ugliest shirts and clothes. I bet is dons and diva he pm make all of them go and shop./

  21. JAH KAL
    August 21, 2019

    darroux what a shame bro u come back on what term this time it’s gonna be worse for u, you a traitor to your people shame on you. I hope u tell them where the money gone .

  22. August 21, 2019

    The great Engineering and Architecture of the new Dominica Labor party. Good things come to those who wait. Nothing good happens before its time. Patience is virtue. All the great attributes of the Skerrit Government.

    • viewsexpressed
      August 22, 2019

      “All the great attributes of the Skerrit Government…” Ohhh yes Mr DS, and others who believe His nonsense. Let us list the so called corrupted “Great Attributes”. What we refer to the obvious misuse of states funds:
      1. The Bin Bobol
      2. The Red Clinic
      3. The Fertilizer Bobol
      4. The misuse of states funds overall
      5. The ugly state of our City Roseau
      6. The ugly state of our Town Portsmouth
      7. The insult and disgust of our mothers quing up for cash at Skerrit’s abusive Red Clinic.
      8. The lack of foresight and decorum in good planning for our economy
      9.The passport Bobol in connection with the account of passport sales?
      10. The deliberate and shameful abuse towards the Welfare Division & its professional Welfare Officers., where Skerrit now operates the fraudulent Red Clinic. This is a damn shame by failed immature Skerrit and his blind loyalist.
      Skerrit must Go and soon to be kicked out by the people of Dominica.
      We humbly look forward to Hon. Linton and his…

  23. iprotest
    August 21, 2019

    lennox Linton will retain the Parliamentary Representative position for the Marigot constituency.
    last year a DR. ran aginst Lennox and he had better chances than Karessa.
    I have never heard a word from DR Christmas since he lost his bid for Marigot at the 2014 general elections….i thought he would be made a senator at least but……

    to Kenneth darroux…..medical doctor and minister for Health
    you mention a remarkable healthcare journey at the same time that a hospital will finally be built in Marigot.
    Kudos to the Parl Rep. Lennox Linton for fighting a hard battle for healthcare in the North East section of Dominica.

    Lennox Linton will retain the Marigot seat……we kmow.
    If Karessa loses his bid de only way he could cut a ribbon would be for a DLP government to openly disrespect de seating Parl. Rep. for Marigot

    • Joseph John
      August 22, 2019

      The big Lie again. Lennox made no representation for this hospital. It was the people of marigot who had a peaceful and civil demonstration which drew attention to this urgent plight. If Lennox was doing proper representation this situation would have been his cry in parliament for 4 years, but as usual he is begging for credit for doing nothing.
      If anyone must be given credit it has to be the DLP government. They have now given priority to the total package of health care in their health care revolution. They have given the health services in Dominica( not only Marigot) critical analysis and formulated a policy that can be implemented urgently.

      • RandyX
        August 24, 2019

        Let’s just wait a little bit. We’ll find out soon what’s lie and what’s truth. The net is getting tighter by the way!

      • viewsexpressed
        August 25, 2019

        Joseph John, what political illiteracy you have people reading? When are you going to open your eyes that Skerrit has been this failure in office as Odd Minster for too long as he must Go. He has to go, we need to Go, he has failed us and knows not of development, Skerrit has failed miserable as Odd Minister of this Isle beauty of ours, so he must Go. Those that have surrounded him for years, for example You, helped Skerrit to be this failure. You see, it was all about Skerrit, this immature boy in Office after our dedicated Pierro passed. Skerrit after 19 years has nothing to show of what he has done and has remained idiotic on matters of socio-economic development. he has failed us, too immature, boyish behaviour seeking fame and has weird labourites like yourselves Mr Joseph John, partly responsible for aiding Skerrit to this poverty of our island after 19 failed years in government. It has been this pappyshow circus, and Skerrit must Go. We welcome Hon Linton and UWP Great Team.

  24. La Swa Native
    August 21, 2019

    Glad to see something is on the way, even if in computerized propaganda artist impressions.
    But who is it who designs these things? Some foreigner with no understanding of tropical environment such as rainfall, the cooling Trade Wind breeze at Marigot or the need for veranda’s where patients can go and “posay” while they recuperate?

    Or is it some local Dominican, trained in “foreign” with no architectural imagination? One feature that you can change right now is to put a cover and arrival ramp by the entrance door, like in the old hospital, where patients arriving in heavy rain or hot sun from ambulance or van can be admitted without getting soaked. I will leave it there, but I do hope that they consulted the nurses and doctors for working advice. Probably not.

  25. I want to know
    August 21, 2019

    Boy I don’t know which Dr. Darroux is talking now because I cannot believe is the same one that told me so many bad things about Skerrit. I can’t believe is the same one that told me and other laborites to vote UWP and reject Skerrit and the DLP next election. I can’t believe is the same Dr. Darroux that told Dominicans that he was leaving the DLP to go and specialize. Somebody needs to tell me if is the same Dr Darroux or another one

  26. Same old same old
    August 21, 2019

    But wait nou, we have a new government man? Don’t tell me is the same government, same Prime Minister, same Health Minister, same government that demolished the Margot on hospital and left aguably the biggest village on island and the village where the main airport seats without a hospital and proper health care, because they are in trouble according to their own poll are now lying to the people about being now embarked on remarkable health care? Man these guys need to go man!!!

  27. viewsexpressed
    August 21, 2019

    A building is NOT a hospital and cannot function on its on. The structure is key yes, but we need the resources, the people, the experts the committed doctors and nurses, that we remain stable with the necessary resources both in human resources (doctors, nurses, specialists etc) and the tools to ensure that our people don`t have to fly out to Barbados and or Martinique, or to the USA. We are fedup with piece meal matters. We hear of alot of big cash circling about the place and yet our island Dominica cannot get moving with the production of goods that our people will stop begging failed incompetent Skerrit and his worthless 19 labour ministers who has done nothing substantial that our Dominica has elevated to this level. All we get and hear is about handouts and big structures which in two years time we have to get money to service it. These big housing structures are not good for Dominica and there again Skerrit has not consulted well. Skerrit is a failure. We welcome The UWP Team.

  28. Neville
    August 21, 2019

    What a nice photo they given the people of Dominica again. I wonder where they cut and pasted it from? Remember when they showed us a rendering of the new Roseau some years ago? Roseau has not changed, it’s still smelly and if anything has gotten worse since. All pie in the sky!

  29. Sad
    August 21, 2019

    Wicked people. This country has to suffer just so that on the eve of election we can be bombarded with images and promises for things that should have and ought to be done just for the vote. Smh…

  30. Interesting
    August 21, 2019

    Mr. Darroux,
    I read a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC): Assessment of the Commonwealth of Dominica’s CBI Programme.
    According to the report, CBI funds were used to repair three hospitals and six health centres after Hurricane Maria. Tell us which three hospitals and which six health centres were repaired.

  31. ??
    August 21, 2019

    Why don’t you show the video of the hospital so the people can see what they are getting, just like the houses. That way the people will know where thier CBI money is going. It is news worthy.

  32. jamie
    August 21, 2019

    How many designs are we going to continue be fooled by,Desperate time for this incompetent party,What you all fail to see every evil empire in history has failed.

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