Bagatelle Health Centre under renovation

bagatelle health centreThe renovation of the Bagatelle Health Centre is underway.

Hon. Parliamentary Representative for the Petite Savanne Constituency and Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, says the $200,000 renovation was needed.

“This health center might be 30-40 years old. It a gift from the Brenda Strafford Foundation, a charitable organization based in Canada. It has had its fair share of wear and tear. It has become quite unsafe because of electrical and plumbing problems,” he explained.

The entire structure is being overhauled including the floor plan to allow for a pharmacy.

“In the past, the pharmacist would set up a table which would mean very little privacy and comfort for both the pharmacist and the patients. So we did a bit of remodeling in the waiting area.”

Dennison Carrette won the contract to undertake the renovations.

“We changed everything from the internal walls to the bathrooms to the treatment and screening rooms…” he said. “It’s a more comfortable place right now. I think they’ll be grateful. We are thankful for our Parliamentary Representative… for making a start on that great project.”

Twelve were employed on the project.

In the 2015/2016 National Budget, $52.1m was allocated to the Ministry of Health, which included renovations to health centers across the island.

The Hon. Health Minister says primary health is of utmost importance, hence the need for upgrades to a number of health care facilities across the island.

“This is where it has to start and not really at the hospital,” he said referring to the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs).

“One of the first things which I did when I took up office was to go around the island and visit all health districts and health centres especially the more problematic ones. I gave a commitment that we would start addressing some of those problems.”

Dos D’ane and Fond Cole have so far been done.

The project which began in July is expected to be complete by the end of September.

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  1. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 26, 2015

    I’m still awaiting news about the new hospital in Goodwill. You know, the one that was built some 65 years ago.

    August 25, 2015

    :?: At what time was the bidding advertisment done,i’m from the area and never heard of it :?: Birds of a feather flocks together,so i expect you by getting the job to sing the parlrep praises,cause you got your pay for dragging red cloth behind your car during the elections campagne,giving support to this rogue government!There are those who are most worthy of getting the job done! :?: In this day and age,this is not what we should have as a health centre,i am not grateful for this mediocrity! :?: This country is governed in an illegal rogue fashion,people getting state jobs without proper procedures followed! :?:

  3. August 24, 2015

    when can we stop being negative no matter where the government help first its one country,stop putting political in dominica development.i am a domincan citizen in Germany in a us base, please be positive

  4. Francisco Telemaque
    August 24, 2015

    Kenneth Darroux, if you are referring to that green 16 X 12 shack in the picture as a Health Center, you should be ashamed of yourself; the people of that village should run you out of town, out of their village; perhaps they should string you up!

    That shack reminds me of many of the many detached kitchens I saw in the villages when I was a kid. That is a disgrace; If you are spending two hundred thousand dollars to effect renovation on that pile of garbage, which I am sure cost lest than a hundred thousand dollars to build something is wrong; how much will it cost to build a real Health Center?

    When will you and Skerrit build a replacement for the closed Hospital at Marigot, the one you and walking dead Timothy, and Skerrit allowed termites to eat to the ground?

  5. Youth
    August 24, 2015

    So what about the crucial Marigot Hospital close to the airport????
    When is the victimisation and persecution going to end.
    Note well only $100,000 allocated for the marigot hospital in this years budget.
    These guys are so short-sighted.

  6. OneDestiny
    August 24, 2015

    Good Job !! You’re doing an excellent job Serving your constituents. Proud of you.

    • clean living
      August 24, 2015

      He :-x encourages them to eat PIG. :( 8-O :( 8-O :( 8-O :twisted: :twisted: You proud of that too? :-P

    • Francisco Telemaque
      August 25, 2015

      Five years from now he will be buying the cheap white rum and set it down at the tree root for the drunken fools like you to go by and sit in the shade and get inebriated, with your belly filled with rum, and when you get home there is no food in your in the thing you sleep in with your feet outside.

      Meanwhile he is in his house feasting on stake while maybe you will have a bit of pig mouth filled with worms that could kill you.

      Just in case you do not know pig meat has a worm in it, no matter at what temperature the meat is cooked the worm never dies! I will not explain the medical damage the worm cause because I doubt the majority will understand what I would have conveyed! I heard he did not intend to run last election; until Skerrit took him on a trip, by the time he returned he had plenty of money, more than he made all of his life as a so called doctor!

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