Dominica, Guadeloupe sign Letter of Intent for hospital cooperation

The Letter of Intent was signed last week
The Letter of Intent was signed last week

A Letter of Intent was signed last week between the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Pointe a Pitre (CHUPPA) in Guadeloupe.

It was signed following a visit to Dominica by a delegation from CHUPPA and the objective is to develop cooperation between the hospitals.

The letter was signed by Health Minister, Dr Kenneth Darroux and the Deputy Director General of CHUPPA, Patrice Lecomte.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed at a later date.

Darroux said many times Dominican citizens are in need of major emergency care but it is not available on the island.

“It’s no secret that a lot of times our citizens fall sick and really need major emergency care that is not available here on island and the main purpose of this visit was basically to establish a protocol between the two countries and to facilitate the ease, and not just for privileged few like we would be hearing in recent times, that only people with certain means, with certain status in society have access to this medical care,” he said.

He contintued, “There is a letter we signed that established the protocol where any Dominica who fall sick right now would have access to emergency care in Guadeloupe based on certain protocol established and certain commitment by the government of Dominica.”

Darroux noted the visit was also very timely because “with the advent of our new hospital; it would be a shame to see that we have this new gleaming, spanking new state of the art infrastructure and its being manned by foreigners.”

Darroux made it clear that the service doesn’t just extend to Dominicans living in Dominica but it also extends to Dominicans living in Guadeloupe.

They too, he said, will have access to the benefits from the signing of the Letter of Intent.

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24 Comments

  1. anonymous2
    March 10, 2015

    More of the cart before the horse.

  2. TRUTH MAN
    March 10, 2015

    lets give the new minister a break please. lets see what he can achieved in his new post. i think he means well.

  3. chowmien
    March 10, 2015

    Mr Darroux!
    Why don’t you just hurry up and build that ‘new hospital’ u have been bragging about for close to 15 years? Do you realise the amount of sick and injured people that have died in that time?
    Presently how would the Guadeloupeans think about you transferring patients from a lice infected zone to their pristine environment?

  4. March 10, 2015

    Princess Peenez Hospital :-D :-D :-D

  5. Liberty
    March 9, 2015

    Correct me if I’m wrong.The Goverment do not have the resources to run the present hospital .NoSheets,No Drugs,NoLaundry,Poor Maintenance or none.
    So how are we going to fund this state of the art new hospital,if it ever arrives.Not in the next two years if they were on site now.
    Will we ever see any honest statements from these characters who say they love the people.

  6. Dale Dangleben
    March 9, 2015

    I am truly saddened by this! I just got back from Dominica and saw the state of the health system. Instead of building our own health emergency system like i have proposed with free training from dedicated Dominica doctors and nurses in DA and overseas we are looking to Guadeloupe . Time is the most important thing in Emergencies. We cannot even get the patients to PMH in timely fashion because of the premature EMS system but we signing deal with Guadeloupe. This is disheartening and truly sad. When all the politics is said and done all we have is our health or the lack of it. i will continue to try and help my country as best as I can.

    • Ma Moses
      March 9, 2015

      I truly wish we could afford to station a trauma helicopter, right at the PMH because with our terrain it almost impossible to get to a victim or seriously ill person in time and comfort for them to have the best chance of survival. I know that is expensive but that really would be the best solution.

    • TimTim
      March 10, 2015

      Well u did not think health was political….now u see it is impossible for any thing in a small country lead by corrupt and greedy buffoons to be anything but political?

  7. March 9, 2015

    “Wey papa” Here goes the State Of The Art Hospital for Dominica “Lobour ka twavy”

  8. Dan Tanner
    March 9, 2015

    PMH is miserable and disgusting. But, hey, Dominica has a stadium and a government palace and its MP and PM can fly out for decent care.

    We began visiting Dominica in 1987, when the island was beautiful and much safer. We retired to Dominica in 2008 and lived there through 2014. We saw Dominica become more and more dangerous, more and more polluted, noisier and noisier, more and more racist aimed against Whites and Asians, and more and more stupid because of the influence of missionaries. We saw young people become warped under the influence of the crap they see and her on TV and the Internet. We watched the population become poorer and more desperate under the influence of both international business and local politicians we suspect of being thoroughly corrupt. Now that we have sold all we owned in Dominica and are safe and happy in the USA we can speak out.

    • Shameless
      March 9, 2015

      Thank you sir for speaking out. Hopefully the time will come when you and your family will return to this blessed land, the one you fell in love with 14 years ago. :cry:

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :cry:

  9. Anthony Ismael
    March 9, 2015

    Minister Darroux, I am really confused by some your government’s moves and philosophy. Cooperation on health care issues with Guadeloupe is all well and good. However, where is our new state of the art hospital?

    You keep harping about not wanting to staff this new phantom hospital with trained foreign professionals. I commend you for keeping locals in mind. However, you and I both know that we do not have these skilled medical professionals on the island in sufficient numbers to address our needs. Over a period of time, it will be nice to see our own venture out and receive specialized training in the healthcare filed.

    However, the immediate future will require recruiting and enticing these professionals to pull up stakes wherever we can find them and persuade them to make their way to the new Princess Margaret Hospital whenever it’s completed.

    Let’s not be “Myopic” about this.

    • TimTim
      March 10, 2015

      aa-aa u tink dem fellars does listen to reason den? Well look it!

  10. Pedrolina
    March 9, 2015

    New hospital??!! Where, when? The whole of Roseau did not vote the Labour Party in so they (the government) do not want the hospital in Goodwill, after it was promised by Mr. Julius Timothy that the new hospital was soon coming to Goodwill. That Promise was made many moon ago. Recently, Dr. Kenneth Darrius said they are looking for a new sites for the hospital. Most probably they are looking for somewhere in Petite Savanne or Vieille Case or Portsmouth or Grand Bay. They want to put in Capuchin by Reggie. That is how the government treats Dominicans.

  11. Marigot
    March 9, 2015

    I hope this is temporary since we will be getting a state of the art hospital and a truma center in Marigot or was those things just election gimmic ?

  12. OneDestiny
    March 9, 2015

    Did he cause the problem? do you all not think this is solvable? We’re acting as if it’s the end of the world. Not to long ago there was a similar infestation of hotels on the states….let the people concerned do their jobs and stop being so negative.

    • TimTim
      March 10, 2015

      hahah….hotels dives at that and hospital compare eh…..oh it solvable and not a big deal i wish u and family have to go there now!

  13. The Evangelist
    March 9, 2015

    Approximately 90 days after that same DLP, spent somewhere south of $30 Million dollars to win an election, they are in Guudelope seeking medical charity for the people of Dominica? Shame on us? Didn’t Skerrit sign a contract for a state of the act hospital? Didn’t he just pay millionaire artists like: Beres Hammond, Tasha Cobbs, Donnie” McClurkin and others, Big $$ to perform at his rallies? Why did he not ask them for a contribution? I mean Donnie McClurkin just donated over $625,000 in medical supplies to the Jamaica’s public health sector. Why would he not help his friend Skerrit and the Evangelist who was so instrumental? Well, maybe Donnie might give to Dominica because as far as he is concerned, Dominica is a rich country since they could afford to pay him and other international artist so much money to perform for less than two hours. So they need to stop begging for charity which will cause Guadeloupians to think worse about us. Shame on us!!!

  14. Cyrique
    March 9, 2015

    Hayee chien dit danye blanc – thank God for this Government! They are so proactive. This should be commended by everyone. This is one of the most caring things a Government can do. It’s the best demonstration of a Goverments’s love for it’s people. Well done PM!!

  15. Pedro
    March 9, 2015

    What new hospital? When? We have been told about an upcoming new hospital for almost 10 years. We still havent decided what site. You are right when you say a gleaming new hospital with foreign staff. It will also be a gleaming new hospital with no sheets. Where are our priorities?

  16. The pinez government
    March 9, 2015

    One thing Mr. Darroux, you should have done your home work and say NO to Skerrit when he offered to make you the minister of health. After all, the man knows the heath sector is the worse off in Dominica and he wants to find a way to blame his failure on UWP. First it was Timtim a UWP and now is Darroux? You think Skerrit does not know you all a UWP? Why you think he did not give that ministry to Justina – a former nurse or Mc Intyre? Or better yet, why not the Christmas doctor, who knows how to deal with termite infestation? After all, at one of his meetings at Marigot he promised to make him a senior minister if they voted for him. I know they did not vote for him but didn’t Skerrit appoint 3 ministers that did not even run? You see that termite and BED Bug Government?

  17. sinking ship
    March 9, 2015

    “Darroux said many times Dominican citizens are in need of major emergency care but it is not available on the island.”

    One thing politicians know how to put make lies sound good. Here is the true statement Mr. Darroux should have made: Many times since Skerrit became PM in 2005, Dominican Citizens are in need of BASIC CARE but they are not available at the hospital. Most times we have no paracetamol, no bandage, no plaster, no rooms, no bed and now a days our sick patients are being evicted by termite infestation and bedbug (Pinez). So it is quite obvious that when basic needs are not available on the island one would have to be brain sick to expect major emergency care. As a result of all of the above, MANY have found their new homes 6 feet below – before their time.

  18. Bee
    March 9, 2015

    Well is only fair. it should never be that is only the current and ex prez and other ministers that get flown out before they sneeze while poor Dominicans have to be sent to gentle rest after their stay at the inn.

  19. grell
    March 9, 2015

    Darroux does this mean they will clean up the penez infestation @ the pmh lmao now,

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