Bedbug infestation at PMH

bedbugHealth officials in Dominica are expressing concern over an infestation of “Bedbugs” at the Glover and Imray wards of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

“I can confirm to you that we have this infestation of bedbugs at the hospital and to compound the matter we also have a serious problem of termites also,” a senior health official who is knowledgeable about the situation told DNO.

The official preferred to remain anonymous.

According to the health official, there are supposed to be routine and regular clean ups of the wards but since they are always over-booked, this is impossible and the problem went undetected.

“People are taking their family linen home for washing and are finding bedbugs in them…the nurses have also to be very careful,” the official said. “The ideal thing is that the hospital provide the linen and it has to be washed at a certain temperature but we don’t have the money and we can’t provide bed linen and so have to rely on people bringing bed linen from their homes.”

The official said it all has to do with the lack of finance.

“We are just strapped for that and I am very concerned,” the health official stated.

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans.

Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding.

Although bedbugs are a nuisance, they do not transmit diseases.

Last year, the Marigot Hospital was closed due to an infestation of termites.

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  1. Ivory...
    March 9, 2015

    It is clear today that we Dominicans fail to find solutions but instead create more problems. First of all bed bugs do not leave in pantries and eat cereal they only feed on blood. those bed bugs did not take the bus to the hospital. It may have been from who knows, a visitor, from bed lining or even ones clothes. Bed bugs in ones house has nothing to do with one being filthy/nasty.
    Bed bugs existed way before Skeritt and also world wide at that. If bed bugs were to infest the White House or the Queens Palace, would we also blame Skeritt? We base every thing on Government, more directly Skeritt, we fail to realize that we are the Government. a day like yesterday we as a nation would have taken our BAGON, BUCKET, DISINFECTION MOP and work together. back then we showed more love and concern. lets all concentrate on our people, our Country and be less critical. lets FIND “SOLUTIONS”… and pay more attention to the problem without being so political….Go bless our country..

    • Tjebe fort
      March 9, 2015

      We are not worried about bed bugs in the White House or Buckingham Palace we are worried about bedbugs in the Punaise Margaret Hospital in Dominica. If we don’t have a govt. to lead why vote them in the first place?

  2. Lang Mama
    March 9, 2015

    How to get rid of those Pérez is by fumigation of the voters list and bathe the election process And court system.
    I heard kakarat take over the red clinic as well.

  3. grell
    March 9, 2015

    Kelvar go and disinfect the hospital and let the media give us the information,you and Skerrit want to take Dominica into communism but my friend it will not happen.The world will be watching fool.Kelvar clean St.Joseph and stop hiding from the same fools that votd you.

  4. T-dot
    March 9, 2015

    But he’ll yeah the bedbugs would spread knew it was just in a matter of time because The termites were not extinguished a few months ago properly. On Dec. 8 now the whole country gonna be infested again, Sry DA ppl

  5. March 9, 2015

    This time skerrit must go dominicans…This situation does not surprise me at all…Why on earth should patients carry their own pillows ,sheets and blankets when they must be hospitalised..Each individual carries their own filth ,such as deseases and infestations ,bed bugs for example..
    Dominica is reversing instead of moving forward…Many months aback i said on DNO that the country needed a new hospital,not a big building for rare use of politics…I can now say that i am ashamed of what my country has become…I saw a lady laying down in the emergency on the bare plastic bed,reusuable materials are washed in a little breeze pale ,,in the same emergency area,one nurse had a plastic with blood showing ,she should wear surgical gloves ,a toilet is in the same emergency room and the bad smell coming directly where patients are waiting for emergency care ,,,so sad ,to bad ,the time is now ,have you all observed that politicians are going abroard for health care?

  6. yesterday
    March 9, 2015

    What a shame, what a shame……but de country nice boy. And you know what?? It’s going to get nicer…..

  7. Titiwi
    March 9, 2015

    Look at that, the bloodsuckers have even invaded our hospital now. Coolbwa will nibble your wood next!

  8. lay lay Bam Bam
    March 8, 2015

    Even a hospital in Haiti is better than PMH. What a damn shame. Hospital workers call a strike. People of D/ca Shut dominica down. Take your rights back. You voted so let it count for something. Wicked government. Dummynicans like people kwass too much. People bringing sheets from home is unheard of. The bottom of the barrel they like so. Mwen malade mwen alle lopital pou pinez mange tout anba bonda mwen. Kisa li ye??? Awa wi.

  9. too late
    March 8, 2015

    Dominicans, I just learnt that our the government has a strategy in place. Each hospital provides a special service. Diasporas are encouraged to return to Dominica to access these special services

    Specialized Service
    Marigot Hospital Pool Bwa

    Portsmouth Hospital Cacroach

    Grand Bay Hospital Santapee

    PMH Pinez

  10. Ma Moses
    March 8, 2015

    Maybe the govt. can get the CCJ to declare the bedbugs illegal immigrants and expel them.

  11. Ras Ju
    March 8, 2015

    This is a very sad state of affairs.
    There needs to be an urgent review of sanitary procedures and an immediate plan of action to rectify this scandal.
    A national hospital HAS to be able to provide bed linen and even clothing for the less fortunate?!
    I know hospital food is not always to everyone’s liking – but please don’t tell me that this no longer available to patients these days?

  12. wat boy
    March 7, 2015

    so how could this happen under the watch of environmental health. I sure if pappy joe was there that wouldna happen

  13. March 7, 2015

    So tell me the amount of bed bugs in hospitals,on trains ,on buses and apartments in new york we should start blaming the major and the president? I can understand about the linens but not the bed bugs, many years ago i can remember that was a major problem in dominica , i would be walking on the street and seeing bedding on hedges and bedbugs walking on them ,so don’t pretent is first time hospital or dominica ever had bedbugs since this government came in power people.

  14. fedup
    March 7, 2015

    you people so ignorant,here in new york /new jersey we had an infestation of bed bug in schools,hotels,offices private home and every place you could think about i was a victim of them and had to throw my complete bed set and other stuff .am a clean person and never expected to get that at my takes only one femae bedbug to create a crisis…what does politics have to do with bed bugs..some of you talking may well be the ones who transfer them from your home to the hospital. when will we as dominican put politics aside and move on

  15. Northern Bell
    March 7, 2015

    What you expect after you take a man who allow termites to take over one hospital and put him on a health team. All those blood sucking parasites are right at home at the hospital been managed by their likes.

  16. March 7, 2015

    Bring in the bedbug companies to rid the hospital of bedbugs and stop complaining. Even in America, there are bedbugs everywhere. So what’s the big deal? I got bedbugs in my pants as i am writing.

  17. %
    March 7, 2015

    country is worse than some of the corrupt African countries. Some leaders are filthy rich, while the poor whom the continue to fool are getting progressively poorer. In Dominica they beg you for dollar on the roadside and they are the same ones who will be taken to the bedbug infested place. The greedy ones are flown out of state. I AM SO HAPPY THAT I CANNOT BE FOOLED BY THOSE WHO ARE MORE STUPID THAN ME. Thats why i voted WORKERSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  18. Pedro
    March 7, 2015

    Since the government can’t place public health and safety as its number one priority and cannot supply linen to the hospital and perhaps even replace the mattresses too (not to mention basic medications sometimes), I am appealing on the catholic church to do the right thing and return the $500,000 donated. Give it to the PMH. It needs it more.

    • Queenbee
      March 10, 2015

      What are u talking about “Since the Government can’t place public health and safety as its number one priority and cannot supply linen to the hospital” THE PATIENTS are the ones who constantly refuse the hospital linen by saying “i doh want hospital things” . The Government not even the Management of the Hospital can force them to use the linen as we have no polices and procedures and legislation in place to refuse them their wishes of “not using hospital things”.. People please CHECK your “facts” before writing what ever comes to your minds..SMDH

  19. Wisdom
    March 7, 2015

    PMH: Pinez Medical Hospital- I hope the authorities will not run to an other country for medical care when they are sick. I hope they will join all of us at Pinez Medical Hospital. 8) 8) 8) 8)

  20. Queenbee
    March 7, 2015

    DNO where did u get ur so called ‘facts? ‘the hospital is not “infestited with bedbugs” did u try to confirm the allegations? did u varify with the Hospital’s Services Coordinator, Hospital Medical Director, or the Matron? Am sure u didn’t because if u did u they would tell u that there is no “infestation of bedbugs at the hospital” . A few bed bugs were seen on TWO BEDS on the ward…TWO BEDS…The management took a proactive approach to Sanitized and clean the ward so as to prevent an infestation…So, to all those who are commenting on what u don’t know a thing about this is the ABSOLUTE truth as to what happened or what is going on…

  21. March 7, 2015

    Were not you all the same gang that was super ready for the Ebola…
    And so whatever happen you’ll can’t take care of a couple bugs…
    Call in RASCAL for those who know who he is…
    He will do a much better job than you’ll guys..

  22. March 7, 2015

    Beg bugs are sleek after these insects sucked your blood is when you start feel the itches they already gone to their hidden place, some public bars used to have bedbugs hidden under tables and stools I can remember those days.

  23. carrotop
    March 7, 2015

    Bedbugs are great for the tourist industry, 1 million spent on election, 27 million on state house, it goes on and on. Your priority should be the hospital, but oh no, that doesn’t matter. Supplying your own sheets are probably washed better anyway.

    • Malatete
      March 9, 2015

      I don’t know if you are familiar with Dominica but there are a lot of people, who do not have an electric washing machine or have access to one. If they do, they more often than not will run it at a low heat setting because of the high cost of electricity. Tumble drying at high temperature, another effective means for eradicating such bugs is even rarer, for exactly the same reasons. Industrial laundering, using proper detergents is really preferable for public health services and the hospitality industry.

  24. OneDestiny
    March 7, 2015

    Had El Supremo decided in the 5 years prior to this one, to place square pegs in square holes, we wouldn’t today be dealing with all the issues that we have to deal with now. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if you have people of a particular discipline in your ranks, to place them where their skills and knowledge will be maximized and be of benefit to the nation. But then every institution has its own internal politics , and so now We are paying for it. This new hospital can’t come soon enough. Maybe it will raise the morale of the service providers in the health sector. Surely things can’t get any worse.

  25. Thor
    March 7, 2015

    Dominicans are following Skerrit as if he is a cult figure. How else to explain a victory at the last election when, if they get sick they are attacked by an army of bud bugs, no hospital issued bed linen, sparse or non-existent medication and the list goes on.

    They promised ground would break and n a new hospital in March. No sooner were the ecections over we hear that there isn’t even a site identified for the building. Yet these idiot Dominican put on their blinders and follow their leader without question.

    Skerrit knows how to play these fools

    I often wonder how these people get to stay in power for so long despite their failings. All one has to do is to keep the masses poor, feed them crumbs and give them hope.

  26. Emile Zapatos
    March 7, 2015

    Friends gave us $30 Million for election campaign so hopefully those same friends will provide us with some more money for exterminators. Maybe they will send us Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  27. Smh
    March 7, 2015

    The country nice boi!!!! Smh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. March 7, 2015

    Very sad..That’s what it has become..
    Someone is taken-in sick,hoping to get well but even during that ailing moment when rest is the order of the day you mean that’s what the patient has to put up with,being bitten by bedbugs.
    It’s such an uncomfortable position to be in,especially at nights,when the patient needs all the rest that he or she can get. That’s very sad..
    And then it’s also shameful that the ones who are responsible for doing something about it would allow it to get that bad as to it making news on DNO.
    Tell me is it also on DBS and the other news outlets ???
    Shame!Shame!Shame! on you guys man…
    You’ll can do better than that man…
    The World is reading that garbage…
    Get that mess cleaned up…

  29. Observer
    March 7, 2015

    Let the bed bugs bite… The new state of the art hospital coming! LABOUR!!!!!!! But I want my tablet first eh Mr. Pm n Mr.Darroux.. They smart too… the digging up the river bed and taking out all the stones from Roseau! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  30. Malpardee
    March 7, 2015

    No wonder i went to the hospital one particular ward was smelling peepee. I felt so bad… No wonder why there are penez all over the place.

  31. alie
    March 6, 2015

    The people can can afford should pay for services at the hosp. People retire in D.A. receiving their pensions from over seas and get free treatment .this is unfair they should pay some fees. these free stuff should be for elder people who have worked and live in D.A. all their lives . This would help in the up keep of our hospital.. Policy makers think…..

    • Titiwi
      March 9, 2015

      Alie, in that case I suggest the Dominicans retiring here, stop coming and those already here go back and don’t spend their money here again, especially to England where they get free medical care, including free prescriptions. Please think before you talk.

  32. The Facts
    March 6, 2015

    It is disappointing to know that the hospital has insufficient funds to purchase bedding. This should never happen.
    The hospital bedding should always be laundered on hospital premises.
    The hospital authorities should immediately lobby the government for additional funds.
    I hope this article will serve a useful purpose, that the hospital will receive additional funding to purchase these necessary and important items.
    Please government, assist the hospital immediately with additional funds to purchase them.

    Bedbugs may be called a nuisance but no one wants them around and for good reasons. Do they not bite? Yes, they proliferate hundreds of times. I read they could hide for six months. Every effort should be taken to get rid of them.
    It appears that this infestation is world wide. Toronto has its share. In recent years there has been an infestation of them. Be careful where you go, sit, stand, lean on, in elevators, on railings; even rubbing shoulders with others.

  33. The Facts
    March 6, 2015

    When I came to Toronto bed bugs were unheard of; also roaches (small ones) and termites. Not so today. I am informing you, with no prejudice, that since the influx of additional immigrants and from certain countries, they have infiltrated this City and the rest of Canada. These could also be in clothing in the suitcases and also in boxes of items.
    In some cases, how did they enter? They can be brought in on you, bags, etc., and you do not know until you notice one. By the time you notice it, there may be hundreds of them. Think of how lice gets in children’s hair.
    We are told, when we purchase clothing and other items, keep them in the bag for at least two hours or more. Do not place them and bags on your bed.
    The stories I read are many. People are alarmed that their homes and apartments have bed bugs. If they are not killed, they spread all over and to your living room sofa. They hide in those places. I also read that new mattresses could also have them.

    • Titiwi
      March 9, 2015

      Aren’t you one of those emigrants Facts? Stop your prejudice please.

  34. Dear Barbs
    March 6, 2015

    “The hospital needs to deal with this urgently as it could be very embarassing because the insects multiply rapidly so anyone visiting or being an in-patient could be impacted.”

    Is like DA Barbs! the people need to deal with the Gov’t as their deeds & words are
    very embarassing because the insects/gov’t and their parasites have morphed rapidly from Green to Red so anyone on island or being an innocent citizen has been impacted.
    barbs the one who sees the glass 1/2 full always.- Pathetic.

    • Barbara Saunders
      March 9, 2015

      Hi Dear Barbs

      From the abundance of the depth of the heart the mouth speaks and what a speech has poured out! hatred and cynicism with every drip!

      If I interpret the last sentence to mean that people like me see the glass always half full, I take that as a compliment and I pray for God’s grace to continue doing so. Accordingly, I am wondering who are the truly pathetic ones! The cap described by you really doesn’t fit me from any angle tried, but out of curiosity have you checked your hate artillery for a description of those parasites who morphed from green and red to blue, salivating in anticipation? (both groups are constitutionally enabled so to do you know!)

      We really need prayers in this place!

      • Reader observing
        March 10, 2015

        It appears a nerve was touched or pinched Barbs. Barbs ,your semantics don’t cut it.
        The dear Barbs person makes sense. You are in-fact accepting being an insect/parasite.

  35. The Facts
    March 6, 2015

    The US also has this problem. It is a severe one which you may have heard of. Visitors as well as employees, to your home, the hospitals, schools, workplaces and elsewhere as entertainment areas could carry them and they are not aware of them.
    Check the mattresses, the box spring and bed frames. This is where they are and breed. Some people have had to throw out their entire bed and purchase a new one.
    Be careful with the type of spray you use to kill them. This week I heard on the News two babies died from that usage. The mother brought a bed bug killer from Pakistan which she used to kill them. Obviously, it was a dangerous one and too strong. This occurred in a Canadian western province.
    Yes! Google it and you will see ample information about them, termites and roaches and how to get rid of them. I read that termites can breed approximately 500 other termites. These things are not only a nuisance but downright disgusting, dangerous and difficult to get rid of.

  36. Dominican to the bon
    March 6, 2015

    Tell the ward aid/ cleaners at the hospital to stop gossiping and do their work.

  37. Biting insect
    March 6, 2015

    Not a good development. It could mean someone or some people have bad hygiene at home and the hospital did not catch it in time. People have been bringing linen from home for a long time now.. and w e have never had an outbreak as far as I can recall.. so all it takes is one individual with poor hygiene or poor hygiene on the ward. Something need to be done asap. They need to tell people to wash the linen etc. in hot water. Terrible, but we are not alone… Bedbugs seem to be everywhere.. USA, UK…. and Let’s get this problem exterminated..

  38. out of south city
    March 6, 2015

    This is really a hell of a situation. The present administration has its priorities wrong. When so much money was spent on campaigning and for those in the diaspora to come home to vote why is there not money to purchase and wash linen? “The health official said it all has to do with a lack of finance.” This is really a shame that we have to be portrayed to the whole world in such a manner. Could someone tell me why there is no money allocated to the hospital to purchase and wash linen? Why should patients have to bring linen from home anyway?
    You know, I’ve always said that politics is a dirty trick. It seems like those who are in power are concerned about their image and their pockets while the masses, who have been bribed, are soon forgotten after election. Why can’t we use our brain to think before we cast our votes? Instead, we look for handouts and empty/unfulfilled promises. I believe that it is time that we get a wake-up call or continue to be victims to corrupt…

  39. Malatete
    March 6, 2015

    Bedbugs feed on blood only. They can be eradicated by steam treatment or tumble drying infected material, bedding or clothing for one hour at a temperature above 45 degr. C.

  40. SMH
    March 6, 2015

    Dominica priorities are just upside down… they build a multimillion dollar state house but their hospital conditions are deteriorating

  41. too late
    March 6, 2015

    All you can say what all you want we will stay in our pinez but we still love our PM. :mrgreen:

  42. mine
    March 6, 2015

    HOTELS MOTELS SCHOOLS AND OTHERS were infested in New York with begbugs. People stop blamming politics for bebdugs. Hurrican season is around the corner becareful people becareful our tongue is a weapon

    • Anonymous
      March 9, 2015

      We know that, we can all read! But we are talking about a HOSPITAL here.

  43. Pinnez
    March 6, 2015

    I have infested the hospital and I’m surviving on the blood of the poor patients… What a shame on those who are responsible for maintaining pmh and most of all the ministry of health. What a shame!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  44. March 6, 2015

    Is it the government that transferred the bed bugs into the hospital? People need to be more responskble that comes from people homes it is going to spread like wild fire,spray your homes these things get into clothes, and objdcts the bite and suck blood.

  45. Never in my life
    March 6, 2015

    Um!! Skerrit, u need to speak to the nation about this issue. Really, you must give the nation why the main hospital has bedbugs and termites. How on earth you, yes you allow this to happen. You know something, they should transfer all the patients tour your mansion and the state house. You are one shameless PM.

  46. anonymous2
    March 6, 2015

    I guarantee you than it is not just bedbugs. Try mites, lice, fleas.

  47. Dave Bertrand
    March 6, 2015

    Labor Ka Travay , but for whom? This government has killed Agriculture. They have buried the banana industry and now they have turned to Health. They can spend millions on their election campaign and yet refused to deal with the infestation at the P.H.M. Did I hear you say that the penez has mutated? I wonder how the people who were bribed to travel to Dominica to vote might be feeling now. That is if they have a conscience. It is Skerrite ploy to divert Dominicans attention away from the issues which are currently affecting them. I wonder how the other Caribbean governments and the whole world view Dominica now?

    • Moche
      March 10, 2015

      Dave, if they kill agriculture every body ,the country dead. So Da died or is it Dying?

  48. A Doubting Thomas
    March 6, 2015

    A timed article too as Dominica has important visitors on island and the CCJ becomes Dominica Final Court. Let us put a damper if we can. It reminds me of another article on the hospital that appeared just before the elections. Timing is everything some say. I wonder whether this just happened today!!

  49. DEAL or NO DEAL
    March 6, 2015

    That problem obviously came from someone from the outside. Who knows this could have been implemented at the hospital by the desperate ones with the intention to point fingers and blame the Government. Knowing how wicked and desperate those people are, nothing is impossible for them to do to put the blame on the PM.

  50. trolol
    March 6, 2015

    This is very saddening, when ever a Minister falls ill he is flown over to another country immediately and us the poor people are left to suffer when we’re sick… .. Looking like we have to take the term don’t let the bed bugs bite literally now. :oops: :oops:

  51. pinez hazyay
    March 6, 2015

    We spent over twenty seven million(us) dollars on a state malice. thirty two million dollars to spend in thirty days of lala election campaign ..All laba candidates who contested the 2014 general elections and did not win are given some kinds of heavy-duty jobs , titles of which I cannot pronounce with even heavier salaries…and hospital doh have paracetamol bed sheets and now we have an infestation of pinez , you think is Baygone we will be able to buy to spray them! To do a surgery at hospital you have to come with your own disposable shaving stick to shave before they cut cuz hospital does not have, man. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!

  52. Anonymous
    March 6, 2015

    It is amazing how we react to what might very well be an ecological problem. We may be looking at a situation involving invasive species. I believe our concern should be with identifying the source of the infestation. As we speak there is an infestation of Bed Bugs in NEW YORK CITY . We have very regular connection to that location. How many barrels arrived for Christmas? How many homes are infested?

    As it it now stands, it is my belief that, now that the problem has been identified, we should be concerned with how well the situation, if not crisis, is managed. We should be occupied with our own vigilance so that we can avoud the spreading of this pest. The politics is not really necessary.

  53. Ponte Ponte
    March 6, 2015

    PINEZ… OMG. That is so sad. No one to blame but the government. Shame! Shame! I hope this another example for them to consider rewriting the laws of the Country. Someone should not serve more than two terms. They tend to get too comfortable and forget the needs of the country but focuses on only their own personal wants. I hope Dominicans will wake up. DIASPORA THE HOSPITAL NEED YOU NOW!!! MATT I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THIS ON THE HOT SEAT. WEH PAPA!! PENEZ???

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      I can understand your feeling. Prior to blaming the government, you should hear both sides of the story. Some of you blame the government for everything possible.
      You should hear the stories where I reside and what the government has done to hospitals of all, cutting costs. If you have surgery you are sent home the next day, if not the same day. This includes mothers who have babies. Someone had a hernia operation and only remained at the hospital a half day. I pray I do not get sick – soon.
      As a patriotic person you could inquire why the hospital has insufficient funds to purchase those items.
      Let us hope those items were not stolen. It could be a possibility. It is done in hotels including other items. I heard on the News hotel owners are planning to have a system devised that those who steal the items will be traced. I laughed at that. It is a good idea because they lose thousands of dollars annually to visitors. This is the type of world we reside in.

    • David
      March 7, 2015

      Yeah this is so true….. it’s the government :cry: a major hospital worn all of these and Aves hovering inside is shameful

  54. Truth
    March 6, 2015

    If this situation does not wake up my fellow Dominicans,………. Nothing will,……… hope………. So sad.

    • anonymous2
      March 6, 2015

      You are right on that one.

  55. Shameless
    March 6, 2015

    The country nicely boy! Labar Kar Twavaye!

    In today’s day and age you mean to tell me after we spent $30Million on an election campaign we don’t have money for linen at our major hospital? What kind of karakar is that for me now nuh? When is bedbugs is lice, when not lice is termites so what next? Our hospital has really become a place to go and die instead of being a place for healing. But, my people are getting just what they deserve and voted for. Skirt do darn right, take the money and fulfill his tablet campaign pledge on behalf of DLP while he there getting fat in his head. The country really, really nice and I like it, I like it, I really really like it.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

  56. Dominican
    March 6, 2015

    Every Dominican should be outrage that our priorities are back to front….. We do not have the finances to supply linens at the main hospital of the Nation. The MP responsible for health should advise the citizens of this nation by next Tuesday what the plan of action is to eradicate bedbugs from the hospital.

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      We hear one side and tend to believe and accuse. The hospital authorities should speak up and also produce a financial statement of the funds which the government allotted them for their budget. Then decide and conclude if what was given was insufficient. Food for thought.

  57. De country nice
    March 6, 2015

    Their bed full peenez but they bawling ‘Labor’!!!!!!!!!!!

    De country nice

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      How do you know that? This is a low comment, wrongful accusation and commenting without thinking.

  58. Bomboclat
    March 6, 2015

    Stop talk nonsense about politics and Skerrit! What he should do is implement fees to control the hospital! Pay for ambulance service, pay for emergency room and also pay for casualty. Cheap skates. All you can buy all kind of material things and when is time for education and health is a problem. All you jealous of Skerrit but get well soon! He is blind to you haters!!!!!!!!

    • cha
      March 6, 2015

      Noone wants to pay their hospital bills. Noone wants to pay for their medication.

    • Sams Gutter
      March 6, 2015

      You joking right?

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      I do agree with you. He should have a specific department to take care of that. In this way he could control it.
      Incidentally, tonight I got a telephone call from a hospital charity. A message was left with their telephone number. I reside in Toronto and will not return the call for I do not know if it is an authentic call.
      In these countries, the public also assist in charitable donations to the hospitals. In Dominica it is solely the government. This places a burden on the PM who is expected to be responsible for everything. These D/can critics should know about these things and how fortunate they are. They should also know that the government cannot do everything.
      It may be that these people are simple and narrow-minded and do not have exposure to hearing and reading about other countries. They also lack patience and expect everything should be done immediately according to their views and wishes. Education and experience are a learning process.

    • Northern Bell
      March 7, 2015

      Are you that dense?

  59. grell
    March 6, 2015

    LOL THE ONES THAT HE GAVE THE FREE TICKET WILL SEND DOWN RAID BED BUG SPARAY BY THE BARRELS TO HELP THERE LORD SKERRO SPRAY DOWN THE PMH,SO FAR THEY ARE KEEPING QUIET.Am waiting on you all responses damn hypocrites,more infestation to come.i want some of the pinez to bite skerrit and his wife,for sure the bites will show up on her good,please take photos.LABOUR POWER.fools you alll are.

  60. amy
    March 6, 2015

    Thirty plus million for election, bringing artist and paying them thousands, bringing diasporas buying their airline tickets and paying them one thousand dollars after they vote, then they leave DA in a mess and return to their lives. Now we have no linens in the hospital and termites and bedbugs infesting the PMH.may God have mercy on the politicians one day they will have to answer to God for their deeds, just remember it’s not what we wish but the sins of the parents will fall on the children, you cannot escape the hand of GOD, neither can you run from him. Saddam Hussein ran from all his mansions to a fox hole, and that didn’t help him.

  61. Booooya
    March 6, 2015

    Laboooooour Labour!!!!!

  62. Thorbjørn Jagland
    March 6, 2015

    No bed bugs for skerro in the state palace. :lol: :lol:

    • Ideal
      March 6, 2015

      I hope they make there way to that massive State Palace..that money should have gone to fix that trap called PMH.

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      If you visit there you better not bring any. Ensure you are free of them. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  63. Erasmus B. Black
    March 6, 2015

    “Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite” takes on an entirely new meaning at our main hospital. In effect, the bed bug is a reddish, blood-sucking parasite. It’s infestation in Dominica began about 14 years ago….And when they remain for so long, they learn to hide in all the cracks and they become fat on blood – more they get is more they want, and it becomes more and more difficult to get rid of them. It’s like they come home to roost. But all is not lost. Their victims have a choice- The Exterminator!

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2015

      I don’t know what planet you come from, but we have had bed bug infestations in Dominica for at least more than fifty years.

      • Ma Moses
        March 6, 2015

        Anonymous, your are right we have had bedbugs in Dominica for as long as I can remember but they should not be in our hospital, that is the point! Because people are forced to supply their own bed linen a public place like the hospital can get easily contaminated by infested linen from outside. Secondly, hospital linen should be rigorously laundered and it is for that purpose any decent hospital would have its own laundry facility on the premises. Maybe we should buy fewer AG plated vehicles for bureaucrats and invest in proper supplies for our hospital instead.

      • AP George
        March 6, 2015

        Erasmus Black was referring to Skerritt and the Labour Party …. ‘reddish’ and ’14 years ago’…

      • The Facts
        March 6, 2015

        This is true. We were fortunate not to have any. I knew of a household which had some. Thank God it was not in the area where we reside. In those days people did not make much of it for few knew about it. It was not something that people went about talking about. I think old beds and mattresses contained them.

      • March 7, 2015

        IN THE HOSPITAL?ß :?: ö :?: :?: :?:

      • Cyrique
        March 7, 2015

        Anonymous we’re talking about an infestation in our main hospital!! Penez has been around before you and I were born. This is horrifying. What I don’t understand is people who blame the Government!! There are Administrators, Directors, Managers etc., whose head should be rolling right now!!!! They are entrusted with the management of our hospital. If someone burp twice instead of once they blame the Government. Those high flyers who run the hospital have some serious questions to answer.

      • Lang Mama
        March 7, 2015

        Talk about laborited stooping low and things fly right over their heads.Wow what ignorance.

    • Le Exterminator
      March 6, 2015

      U stole my name Erasmus B. Black from a different subject saqway voleur hahahahahaah!
      Those Neo -DLP guys fat how come the bugs don’t get to/find them?
      The bugs shouldbe sucking them ! As they suck Da dry to should be sucked in return.
      Suck4 suck.
      Suesay pour Susay!- Peepip knows a thing or two about that. He sucks check breasts & thighs.
      Crabs too?
      I doh know but he did talk about crabs in the swamp at the cabrits.
      Unless bubbles got to em first 4 the Villas financing.

    • Anonymus
      March 7, 2015

      Stop blaming the government. Allu want to blame one man Skerrit for allu nastiness. Get up allu lazy self infront of allu tv and allu computer and go and clean under allu bed and spray allu mattress with baygon, is power allu yahyah scratching allu for!!!? Skerrit alone cannot keep Dominica clean. Skerrit is one man and everybody has to help to keep the country clean. Is not just Pinez alone. It have TOO much nastiness in Dominica. How allu want to blame Skerrit for Pinez in d hospital? Is people nastiness that bringing it there because Skerrit home doe have Pinez and the same ones that pointing fingers, is they that have the Pinez at their home. Allu remember d song they teach allu in pre-school? ” Clean up, Clean up, everybody do their share. Clean up, Clean up, everybody everywhere!”

      • Anonymous
        March 9, 2015

        What is wrong with you? Skerrit wants all the credit and the glory but when things go wrong it is not he and he says things like he can not do everything by himself alone. But boy, try and interfere or take initiative and get some credit you will incur his wrath. Everything good in this country is his doing, his alone and the bad things are other peoples’ fault. And you want unity in a place like that? Choops!

    • jojo
      March 8, 2015

      That’s sound like the Labour party government

  64. Lougawoo Mem
    March 6, 2015

    Good for all those who voted for such while they were singing “Labor Ka Travay.” Been all over the world, none to compare with the Dominican Laborites, especially my own village. Have mercy on them Lord though they know what they’re doing. Bedbugs in the PMH is the least to worry about compare to the hard times that’s awaiting….

    • Barbara Saunders
      March 6, 2015

      Real unfortunate situation. I guess someone came with it from home because it must have come from somewhere.

      You know, not so long ago there was an outbreak in some states of the US and trust me I was afraid to travel on American Airlines and sit in waiting rooms up there.

      The hospital needs to deal with this urgently as it could be very embarassing because the insects multiply rapidly so anyone visiting or being an in-patient could be impacted.

      Best of luck in dealing with this, health officials.

      • The Facts
        March 6, 2015

        In the US, even stores and also the fire department’s mattresses had them. This was broadcasted over the News.
        When people return home, it is wise to take off their clothes and place them in probably the bathroom or laundry room, the latter for those who have houses. Never place them in the bedroom or on a chair.
        I heard on the Toronto News that a woman said she lives alone. One day she saw one in her bedroom and cannot understand how it got there. No doubt she brought them in on her clothes or on her purse.
        Another said that she traveled and later her house was infested with them.
        The problem in these big countries where places of accommodation are enclosed especially in winter, it is easy that they get stuck to clothing, etc. without being detected. Then they go from household to household and proliferate. For this reason, I think in these countries people need to fear getting them even more. We do! :lol:

  65. Anonymous
    March 6, 2015

    What a shame, there seem to have No maintenance service at our main hospital, if that is happening in Roseau you can imagine the other less fortunate areas in DA. God help my people. And while our sick suffer all government ministers fly out for their health concerns, they are aware of the hospital’s situation but have no interest in people’s wellbeing, just propaganda of new hospital but we have our white house and now they have thrown this CCJ… on us all for their benefit. We have to stop this selective red clinic mentality and demand better from our elected officials. We must stop subsidising their elaborate living with our tax dollars and remind them of their responsibilities. Thirty thousand plus on election and no linens for a hospital. Where are the responsible management at these institutions! This confirms what I have said before, that some govt. employees just care about themselves – they have their jobs and don’t care for the others Open your eyes DA before…

    • grell
      March 6, 2015

      32 million friend noy thousand and yet look @ the condition of the hospital,such shame,i forwarded the article to a few newspapers.

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      I find it slack supervision that people are allowed to take out the bedding to launder. Unless it is theirs and that they brought them for their relatives to sleep on.

  66. Trevor Fabien
    March 6, 2015

    I am reading this report and I am still not convinced that this is in my country. It feels like I am having a bad dream and that dream is about a hospital in the poorest country somewhere in Africa and not in my Dominica.
    How can this be, is that what we have been reduced to, sub-standard service and woefully inept leadership? Is this what we are willing to accept as a people from those who should be taking us forward?

    I for one do not and will not accept this is the best we have to offer. There are bed bugs in the main hospital yet we talk about an increase in tourism, a economy, jobs for the young people(NEP which is a total shamble).

    It is time for each and everyone of us as Dominicans no matter what party we support, to start asking, What sort of future are we leaving for the next generation? We must do better than that but before we do so we must challenge authority and demand a much higher standard of civil service from those servants(Politicians), we must or we are…

  67. CC
    March 6, 2015

    Skerrit has enough money to pay Berres Hammond, Destra & Karimi to perform at his election campaign, but he cannot give the hospital enough money to buy linen?

    Change is a must

  68. Annoyed
    March 6, 2015

    Where the hell are our priorities in this country ? Are you kidding me ? Bedbugs and termites in an institution where my people go to be HEALED? A hospital has bedbugs ? Is this for real?

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      The older the building, beds and mattresses, the easier that those bugs will surface and breed.

  69. wannaknow
    March 6, 2015

    Well well well not sutprisin wen ally govt had money to bring down all kinds of artist to pay them a hole lots of money wen our pharmacy don’t have any medicine,now the officials complaining about no money to buy bed linen come on stop closing ally eyes to wat skerrit is doing cuz wen the rain fall it down fall on only one man’s house.. Skerrit is bringing down Dominica slowly bit surely..

  70. Concern person
    March 6, 2015

    This is a sad situation. Imagine going into hospital where you supposed to be cared for and having bugs eat you for dinner. How can the patients get better and recover if they on top of all their worries have to also worry about bugs in their beds. What a shame and disgrace.

  71. Tampa
    March 6, 2015

    The government can take a loan of 27 million dollars to build a state palace and spend 30 million on an election campaign but cannot find a few dollars to prevent a bedbug infestation at the country’s main hospital. Am I missing something? Are our priorities right? Has the health sector taken a lower priority? Are we as Dominicans processing this kind of logic in our minds? I wonder.

  72. pinez government
    March 6, 2015

    So Marigot hospital was closed down by termite and now bed bug threatening the main hospital, PMH? I guess they might close PMH soon, since their air ambulance is always ready to transport them to Martinique. Maybe soon Portsmouth might be attacked with cockroach infestation

  73. grell
    March 6, 2015

    The official is afraid of losing his or her job,THE REGIME WILL COME FOR YOU SOON,HAIL TO SKERRIT.

  74. grell
    March 6, 2015

    Good for all of you,while Skerrit living his lavish life and many of you praise him like jesus christ,the health department,education,agriculture and the poor people of dominica continues to suffer.I visited the hospital last summer and i got so sick to my stomach,cant believe the condition our nurses are working in,the nurse station did not have a proper desk and material to work,go to Skerritt offive and his ministers and see a complete modernise office.Dominican wake up and smell the coffee,.

  75. rob
    March 6, 2015

    Wow, no money to buy linen. Really this situation is unheard of in a main hospital. We spend millions on a campaigns that just concluded about three months ago?

    • rob
      March 6, 2015

      What kind of finance minister we have there?

      • Dominican
        March 6, 2015

        A finance minister who only holds a degree in English thats what. Thats the only degree he has. so what you expect.

  76. Tdot
    March 6, 2015

    Ewwwwww! Where allu Prime minister? Few months ago artist were been paid thousands of dollars during election time to come Dominica and sing rubbish… n now u’ll talking no money for “bedbug infestation at the main hospital.” Really!

  77. March 6, 2015

    The pm had money to give out for camping trips and votes, now no money to help the hospital shame, shame, labour katwavay .

    • Jaco Parrot
      March 6, 2015

      I hope the nice people who came down to vote, and now send money to get rid of those pinez at the hospital. What a shame.

  78. Exterminator
    March 6, 2015

    Dr .Darroux! soulay! tell Skerro et Al ask china for a prefab hospital meanwhile the new state of the art one is being drafted.
    Marigot gone PMH going sa nous cai fait avec malade nous?

    • Shameless
      March 6, 2015

      Labor Ka Twavaye! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  79. March 6, 2015

    The very first paragraphs of this writing is reason enough, for myself and everyone else that has the opportunity to read through, to say


    Hello, PMH has BEDBUGS and TERMITES! How is that possible?

    The hospital is supposed to be routinely and regularly cleaned, but, “since they are always “over-booked,” this is “impossible” and the problem went “undetected”.”

    OVER-BOOKED, IMPOSSIBLE, and UNDETECTED, should NEVER be associated with the care of patients, and maintenance of a hospital. SHAMEFUL. WHAT or WHERE NEXT?

    ““The ideal thing is that the hospital provide the linen and it has to be washed at a certain temperature but we don’t have the money and we can’t provide bed linen and so have to rely on people bringing bed linen from their homes.”” MORE SHAME.

    • The Facts
      March 6, 2015

      Think! If some patients who were admitted to the hospital did not practice general hygiene, as those who are homeless, etc., consider that they could have brought them in with them. Did you ever consider a few reasons?

  80. Doc. Love
    March 6, 2015

    Many Dominicans have described the P M Hospital as a roach motel, when you get in, there is always the possibility that you might get back out. Maybe, that is the reason, why many ministers of government always seek health care elsewhere. The government can spend $27 million to build a palace, but when the poor people of Dominica get sick, they are sent to a termite infested or broken down hospital to visit blood suckers. I hope all the people from the diaspora who helped put Dominicans in that mess, will seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. :mrgreen:

    • Tjebe fort
      March 7, 2015

      You are so right Doc. It is know as Skerrit’s Doctrine:f”do as I say but don’t do as I do”, know what I mean Doc.?

  81. not a herd follower
    March 6, 2015

    And the worse thing no head will roll! look at the case of the Marigot Hospital. The man in charge of the management of the hospital was offered by the DLP to the people of Marigot as their Parliamentary Representative! When are we going to put an end to poor governance and insult to our intelligence and sensibility? we need to demand and do better if we are to prog

  82. Peter Potter
    March 6, 2015

    This is not a hospital it rather is a place of utter incompetence and unruliness. Everybody does what they want, only what they are supposed to do they don’t. Dominica is failing everywhere and breaking apart and unfortunately we have a government that just watches, plugs a few holes and hopes for the best.

  83. not a herd follower
    March 6, 2015

    The health sector under this DLP government has sunk so low one wonders if it can sink lower. Closure of a hospital and wards at the main one because of pest infestation…that could never happen under the Dominica Freedom Party government!

    • BarbsFriend lol!
      March 6, 2015

      Not a herd follower!- U on marijuana man? Is it 4 recreation or medical purposes?

      The health sector under this DLP government has sunk so low one wonders if it can sink lower. Closure of a hospital and wards at the main one because of pest infestation…that could never happen under the Dominica Freedom Party government!

      You forget this is not DLP man! This is DFP lol you smoked a bad herb boy!

    • hmph!
      March 7, 2015

      That” very true. that could never happen under Freedom Party! Well said. Three cheers.

  84. smart
    March 6, 2015

    Ask Donnie, Kisha Cobb, Beres Hammond and Destra for money to order white linen from China

    March 6, 2015

    how can the hospital be strapped for cash, and some of the lawyers making millions on passport sales. every time they come from Dubai they buying house and land.

    March 6, 2015

    how can the hospital be strapped for cash and the party in government spent 32 million on elections champagne.

  87. pinez!
    March 6, 2015

    It is going to be really difficult to take control of that bed bug infestation. Pinez, as we know them colloquially, multiply rapidly. Added to that, they adapt to the heat (tropical bed bugs) and come out mostly at night. I’m posting a link for anyone who is interested in learning more about these parasites and get rid of them. Hope you all find it useful.

    • Drew George
      March 6, 2015

      What a ting boy……. I thank God every day for health and strength!! Keep my family and I away from this hospital. :cry: :(

  88. March 6, 2015

    Ok enough already come on dominicans stand up and hold this so called government accountable.

  89. purpleflower
    March 6, 2015

    hmmmmm penez infestation we need to be more clean

    • heart
      March 9, 2015

      The cleanest home can have bed bugs. Do some research.

  90. look ro-ro
    March 6, 2015

    papa met 8-O

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