Health Minister denounces politicization of health sector and closure of Marigot Hospital

Darroux described the Marigot Hospital situation as 'unfortunate'
Darroux described the Marigot Hospital situation as ‘unfortunate’

Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux has made it clear that the health sector, including the closure of the Marigot Hospital, should not be politicized.

He said on Kairi’s Heng Program on Tuesday that politicizing of the situation is tantamount to ‘mischief making.’

Dr. Darroux also said the Ministry of Health has fallen short in making information available to the public concerning the closure of the hospital.

“I really would like to make it clear that I’m not one to politicize such an important sector, such important service as the health service,” he said. “To politicize this issue, I think, is nothing more than just mischief making.”

Last week health officials announced that the hospital was closed due to the discovery of mold and fungus and two buildings were identified for its temporary relocation.

Last week MP for Marigot, Lennox Linton said the entire matter has to do with politics.

“So the Marigot Hospital now has become an avenue where they are hoping to embarrass Lennox Linton by talking about whether or not he is representing the interest of his constituency,” he stated.

Darroux described the situation as ‘unfortunate.’

“It’s unfortunate,” he noted. “I want to say that the Ministry maybe would have fallen short a bit in terms of making the information available to the public at that point in time when the mold was discovered and updating the public accordingly. Although I was informed that they did have their ways and means of reporting to the public themselves to let them know what is going on.”

Dr. Darroux indicated that a public service announcement should have been made during the early discovery of the mold and fungus weeks ago to inform the public and the Marigot Community.

He said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) administration is still committed to building a new hospital in Marigot and $1-million is allocated for the renovation of the present building.

“We would know that in the Labour Party manifesto that we were committed to building a new hospital in Marigot,” he stated. “This is very strategic in terms of the location of the airport, and maybe it can be done in a more specialized way to deal with traumas…”

He noted that he is not discarding the issues being made by the public in terms of the importance of a health facility in Marigot.

In the meantime, he said the Ministry of Health will continue to work hard and explore the possibility of a new hospital in Marigot.

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65 Comments

  1. Face the Facts
    June 16, 2016

    Some of you have a severe communicating problem. Whatever the Health Minister says, some people are never pleased. This also pertains to all the DLP Ministers. A lot of bias exists among UWP supporters which is unfair. There are no suggestions on their part.
    Those who write in favour of DLP are not appreciated. Some people do not like hearing/reading the truth.
    Most of the comments are word-throwing which serve no useful purpose. One day I hope this will cease and we will be able to read some interesting comments with also feasible suggestions on how this situation and others could be rectified.

  2. June 16, 2016

    Brother when you take off the white coat and put on your political mantle what comes out of your mouth is politics and therefore the response will be POLITICAL; like the Rottweiler said if you can\’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. When you mess up admit you have messed up and put your mouth between legs; Amen!

  3. charles
    June 16, 2016

    lets hope that the peaceful activity in marigot will not be for just one or two days.

  4. NKRUMAH KWAME
    June 16, 2016

    Dr. Darroux, you have just lost my vote for two reasons. Firstly, you are yet to accept the fact that your ministry did not do a good job at information dissemination since you said: “I want to say that the ministry MAYBE – emphasis mine – WOULD have fallen short A BIT in terms … in time … accordingly. Secondly, you also stated “We would know that the Labour Party manifesto that we WERE COMMITTED (past tense, no more commitment?) to building a new hospital in Marigot”. Who is the ” we ” you refer to?
    What is so difficult to admit when we fall short? Would you be chastised if you had simply said that the Ministry of Health ARE responsible instead of MAYBE? This would have gone a long way in reassuring those affected. Humility is not a sin.
    HOTEP!

  5. jonathan st jean
    June 16, 2016

    Mr Darroux you can’t be serious.Your incompetence as health minister is as bright as a light on a pedestal.You are trying to deflect blame when you talk about politicizing health in Dominica.You ought to be ashamed.You are the worst health minister in history of the country,and you are a doctor to boot.All health facilities are in a mess,the delivery of health services is woefully incompetent.You can’t be making people from Petit Savanne proud.Consult your colleagues to get help because you need a lot right now.Fidel Castro and the Cuban people I’m sure are ashamed of your performance.Please deliver proper health care to the Dominican people now.

  6. June 16, 2016

    I summarise that this man is talking 9n both sides of his mouth. Didn’t make any sense

  7. Titiwi
    June 16, 2016

    Dr. Darroux, if your govt. wants all the credit for developments in the country it must also accept the blame for the failures. It is your government that is supposed to be in charge, not the opposition. In order to win the hearts and minds of the people on whose behalf they govern a country, a government must first learn to be humble.

  8. God's beloved
    June 16, 2016

    FACE THE FACTS
    You are wrong to say that the closure of the Hospital in Marigot only affects Marigot people. Have you convinently forgotten the location of the main airport in Dominica? this hospital clousure affects all dominicans as well as visitors to the island.

    So because you think that an issue does not affect someone personally then they should not speak out about it if it is not in the best interest of other people who you think are the only ones being affected?

    This is the selfish culture that has been developed and is encouraged in a small island like dominica. VERY SAD. The time will come when this selfishness (me, myself and I) will be destroyed. This is pure evil. VERY SAD.

    • Gray
      June 16, 2016

      Why are you even responding to this troll Face The Facts.

  9. Trump
    June 16, 2016

    This is a very serious issue and Lennox is as guilty as the government in this. It clearly shows that he is not a functioning parliamentary representative because there is no evidence in all this discuss to show he had address this issue before this closure of the facility. Its time when we say we represent people we do it with all we have. That’s if he has ever visited the facility before to ask the nurses if their condition of work is satisfactory. Some times we have to take responsibility. The government is the bigger picture and they should be ashame your most important airport that this building need to get to this stage before its addressed, this shows the level of incompetence of the government, minister of health by extension

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 16, 2016

      Trump

      Congrats! Yours is the first balanced comment that I have read here. No one can argue the fact that Marigot needs a proper hospital given its proximity to the airport and its central location within the health district. That is not for argument period.

      Heath facilities, as others do get affected by mould and other intrusive agents. I think many will recall the Roseau Health Centre suffering the same fate with staff getting ill with mysterious symptoms etc. My point of departure in the thought process is that anyone can really believe that the CMO who is from Marigot is part of a conspiracy in the Ministry of Health to punish residents of Marigot because of their political support.

      My other point of departure is when representatives use unfortunate situations to advance their political agendas so blatantly and some people just follow blindly. There must be other ways to address a matter than to call for violence and bodies lying on the road etc……

      • Barbara Saunders
        June 16, 2016

        To continue……

        I believe that I have heard of times when Mr. Edison James in representing the interest of his constituents had meetings with Government officials about specific needs. That might be because he was on the ground and had actual personal knowledge of the issues there, a case of who feels it knows it. Of course he had his “boots on the ground” moments too, but that was not his perpetual modus operandus.

        Giving an impractical ultimatum to the Government to build a hospital in 18 months with money from the CIP which you and your colleagues expended so much energy locally and internationally to destroy and demanding that mainly Marigot people be employed (obviously regardless of required skills) just insults people’s intelligence and detracts from the real issue which is acceptable health care facilities for the constituency.

        Sorry, as one who tries to think rationally, I just have a hard time reconciling with this MP’s approach to addressing issues.

  10. No violence
    June 15, 2016

    Lennox and crew…..you guys have to alert the FAA about the implications for Americans flying in.

  11. Face the Facts
    June 15, 2016

    It was/is politicized. Note the number of UWP critics and the leader’s negative and debasing comments. The people who should be concerned about the Marigot Hospital is the Marigot community. Everyone else put their two cents in it even though they are not affected and never will.
    Of course it is mischief – on their part. Sensible people could see it and through it. The comments depicted this very well. I do not think they were effective. It was an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. They had no advice/suggestions but mapwee as always. Who could take that on?
    Changes cannot generate from consistent negativity, word-throwing and mischief.. These people must smarten up and learn to properly communicate amicably and respectfully.

    • Favoured
      June 16, 2016

      Garcon all talk coming from UWP to educate and at the end recommendations are made the same is not true for the DLP. Example have you listened to the PM declaration in St.Joe. go into the faces of the UWP leadership call them traitors when you see them at CHURCH, at FUNERALS, on AIRPLANES, in their CARS, in the SUPERMARKETS shout out traitors , now tell what is positive about that ? Where is the love in that statement? Recently following the bye election the PM said to the people “tell the UWP we do not want them in the constituency we do not want them in Dominica” among other utterances now what is positive about that? Where is the the Iove in that statement. That’s just two examples there are many many more but you guys keep on taking a dim or rather blind view of these statements . You do n I t h ave the testicular fortitude to say anything to the leadership of your party rather you enjoy taking target practice at the opposition.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 16, 2016

      Face the Facts I have just given you a thumbs down, but wish could give you 10 thumbs down. YOu have just spewed absolute rubbish and I believe you stick to religious matters as you appear naïve and illiterate to matters of politics, health care and good governance
      The hospital has been politicised, big time. You government is corrupt, inept and the more they open their mouths the more they lie and are deceitful and you buy this garbage hands down.
      They only promise to build a hospital just before election to buy and fool the Marigot people to vote Labour, but they are cleaver and very smart people.
      Go get a book and read on corruption in government and the merits of promoting good governance, …something we lack in Dominica

    • Jonathan St Jean
      June 16, 2016

      If you are on a vehicle and it overturns in the area from Carib territory to Concord to Calibishie,and you need medical attention where are they going to take you.? You make no sense when you can’t see this is not only a Marigot people’s issue.If you are from Wesley,Woodford Hill,Carib territory and need urgent medical care isn’t the Marigot hospital where you should be taken.Just stop your stupid remarks.Enough

  12. worker
    June 15, 2016

    Dr Darroux you are a blatant hypocrite! All you do is talk, talk, talk to make yourself look good. You stood and watched them remove the effective Marigot Doctor in Primary Healthcare administration who would have helped you prevent the situation which you face now. You more politicizing than anyone else…..all you talk about is “what would have….”. No REAL interest in the healthcare!!!!!!!
    You even think is retarded people listening or reading. Dominicans are not interested in the timeframe of disclosure of the information. they are interested in a solution to the problem.

  13. zimba
    June 15, 2016

    What happens if there is a flight accident ?
    Where would injured passengers be taken?
    How would they be transported?
    Is there a medical team on hand at Douglas Charles airport?

  14. June 15, 2016

    There is a bunch of so called politicians who have no idea what and when something is a priority.Mean while when these politicians and their family fall sick they take a ticket to travel over seas searching for medical help..even to make the children they think it is too risky to to go to hospitals in Dominica…All of you politicians should have known that instead of building a castle for politics ,hospitals are more important.Dance ,party,give out materials before election ,throw words at each other in order to stay in powered while Dominica is ruined slowly…Only the poor people will feel the pain..

  15. keepingitreal
    June 15, 2016

    blah blah blah,only those who don’t care will swallow your blah

  16. Me
    June 15, 2016

    Where is Roosevelt Skerrit’s protege and local medical prodigy, Dr. Christmas. No sign or sound from him, not a squeak! One only sees Christmas at Easter.

  17. charles
    June 15, 2016

    it is so cruel ,there are 18 ministers in the government are they all single people with no relative at what hospital will the people go to if they fall sick
    skerritt told the people in scots head I love love like I love my own children yet all health care facility are run down or closing
    how many Doctors that have become politicion in this labour party administration?

    • Me
      June 16, 2016

      Skerrit lied. If he loves the people like his own children he would give them medical care in the best hospitals in the U.S.A. and babies would not die in childbirth.

  18. Gray
    June 15, 2016

    What freaks me out is thst tomorrow whrn this guy is out of thr political mess he judt might be practicing medecine somewhere in Dominica.

  19. June 15, 2016

    Incompetent and inerpt DLP, but everything are unfortunate

  20. Close hospital....BITCOIN instead.
    June 15, 2016

    The Minister responsible for Health is making some UNHEALTHY remarks. He recognizes that a health facility at Marigot is important, but……….. BITCOIN?
    Reports of molds, we are planning to fix it. Reports of termites, we are planning to get rid of them.
    We planning to build a new Marigot hospital. It’s on the Manifesto.

    After Years of pleading by entire communities, including Kalinago territory, the response by Gov’t is CLOSURE. The authorities have failed miserably to deal with the problem. No amount of untruths, deceptions, excuses could disprove otherwise.

    Kalinago ancestors discovered Dominica, yet in 2016, witness the wickedness being done to our FIRST PEOPLE. Their way of life,mainly agriculture destroyed. On top of that, their hospital serving the area is now CLOSED by GOVT.

    Our Black Freedom fighters, who fought alongside Kalinago for their freedom, for the sake of our Land, for the children, are in 2016 denied proper HEALTH CARE, hospital CLOSE.

  21. Moi
    June 15, 2016

    Papa Bon Diay if it going to cost 1 million to repair what’s the point.

    • Face the Facts
      June 15, 2016

      It is worth taking into consideration that nothing comes cheap these days and not in Dominica with EC currency. As the years progress costs escalate.

  22. my own
    June 15, 2016

    ok then we are not going to politicize it, fine…… Can Mr. Darroux pleas let us know if building a bridge for 18.2 million dollar when there 3 other usable bridges in more important than a hospital in such an “important sector”. I would want to think that a single hospital at the area where you have your “international airport” would be more important than a bridge where there are 3 others you can use. We have to begin to start seeing things for what they are and not just listen to politicians who says anything to fool people and make themselves right even when they are 100% wrong. That hospital has been failing for years so it did not just happen last night, it was like that before Erika and we allowed it to get worse. So I for one do not support the health minister on that one.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      June 15, 2016

      Don’t you think Edison could have build one when he was IN CHARGE?

      • Me
        June 16, 2016

        Kid, I don’t know how old you are but it is more than 16 years ago that Edison James was the Prime Minister. You really do not sound credible.

  23. June 15, 2016

    That is the pschology they use not to get things done marigot people need to see construction of the hospital now.ACTION NOW NO DATES IT IS OVERDUE

  24. Shameless
    June 15, 2016

    Tell Darroux quit braying and apologize for falling asleep at the wheel again. He will not do it because he darn well know that the DLP is all about victimization and Marigot is one of the villages in their cross hairs. Again, I plead with Mr.Linton to let the people loose. There is an area between the Marigot river and Londonderry of strategic importance that can be used as a bargaining chip. ?

    As Malcolm X would say; ” by any means necessary”. Yes, Commish Ortan may disagree but I firmly believe Malcolm X was right.

    Always Assertive!?

    • NUWP
      June 16, 2016

      that is y I will never be a uwp supporter you know. and hence the reason u all is in such place so long and I suspect it will b for ever.

      all you all can do is disrespect and insult people.

      non of you said nothing sensible yet.

      all dat is happening is negative vibes.

      but again what dos one expect wen they are lead by one who is no different

      • Jonathan St Jean
        June 16, 2016

        Why are you reading the comments then.

  25. Frenz
    June 15, 2016

    Arrogance is the playing field upon which incompetence thrives. Indtead of dimply owning up this bunch of useless administrators would prefer use all kinds of childish excuses. ” maybe the minidtry would have fallen shirt.” Really and you are a doctor? WTF does that mean. It is either you did or did not respond or act in a timely manner.
    Whst about the Newtown health center- the public was not aware of its closure not until 4 weeks afy6er it was closed for pooopool stock taking.

  26. dissident
    June 15, 2016

    this is your legacy as a doctor by profession.
    you put politics as your priority
    the DLP program is to ignore constituencies held by UWP.
    that is done deliberately………like punishment……..child abuse!!!!!!
    your legacy as a doctor was pushed aside……you are a politician.
    if de hospital was in vielle case under skerrit nose it would have been painted red by NEP workers.
    dem just come millionaires we have in DA would be running down to dat hospital to make their babies!!!!!!

  27. free
    June 15, 2016

    Mr. Darroux your Ministry fell short for true, very much so, if the Marigot people and environs did not stand up, you all would have left the situation as it is. SHAME ON YOU Mr. Minister,the Hospital serves the whole of Dominica, anything can happen to persons anywhere.

  28. Real!!!!!
    June 15, 2016

    Darroux you were a doctor before a politician. And your mandate as a doctor is make sure people are provided with the best healthcare.

    Should we believe now you have relinquish your rights as a doctor.

    1. Our healthcare system is in shamble and you must be held directly responsible for its failure.
    2. Can you tell us why it taking so long to address the most important thing in this nation….proper healthcare.
    3. How do explain that we used CIP money to fund hotels left and right instead of using the monies to improve the healthcare system of a nation.
    4. What is difference in lynching of black people during slavery and sending them to a poor healthcare facility to die. ( Our people are being lynched).

    Hope the folks in your constituent who been hungry and homeless since Erika remember how you let them live like dogs after they voted you in power and will make you pay dearly during the next election.

  29. Stop
    June 15, 2016

    It’s an unfortunate situation, but it is also politically motivated. After the shameful defeat they suffered there wasn’t any other alternative, but to show their supporters, they are still relevant. This is so wrong and shameful, because peoples lives are at stake. The demogroy and rhetoric isn’t helping the poor people who relies on the health center. When are we going to put people first? Our positive political aspirations will grow from our actions.

    • Favoured
      June 15, 2016

      Stop well we ain’t stopping. Yes I agree stop the politics and put people first. So instead of building a bridge where you already have three put the people hospital first. Yes instead of spenting 2.1 million dollars on a bye election only to satisfy selfish power hungry egos those monies could have gone to the marigot hospital serving the people of the Northeast. STOP! stop encouraging the spending of monies on sewos’ for the renaming of an airport, for the arrival of a PM with bogus honorary doctorate, for a Baroness Scothand who cheated her election to the commonwealth, to the breaking ground for works on a bridge rather put flipping people first and build the Marigot hospital. It is people like you who give this wasteful corrupt government the support to continue in their nonsense. Shame.

  30. Dumbinica
    June 15, 2016

    “It’s unfortunate,” he noted. “I want to say that the Ministry maybe would have fallen short a bit in terms of making the information available to the public at that point in time when the mold was discovered and updating the public accordingly. Although I was informed that they did have their ways and means of reporting to the public themselves to let them know what is going on.”

    hahahahahahahaha….boy when I tell people that country is pure comedy I does know what I talking about.

    What a mess….

  31. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 15, 2016

    Darroux, most Dominicans has long discovered that you are not a very intelligent person; you lack the ability to think cognitively; hence each time you open your jaws, you spew rubbish, which embraces you; however you are unaware of how stupid are your comments.

    “Last week health officials announced that the hospital was closed due to the discovery of mold and fungus and two buildings were identified for its temporary relocation.”(Darroux).

    How very stupid is that comment? You deliberately left out the termite infestation; and fail to say if you and Skerrit had a crew in place conducting regular maintenance on the building there would be no termite, mold, and fungus infestation!

    Everything in Dominica is politics, anything involving government is already politicized ; if you all allow a hospital to fall in a dilapidated state of disrepair, where the build is condemned, and the opposition, and people express their displeasure of how the government of the allows the…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 15, 2016

      If you all allow a hospital to fall in a dilapidated state of disrepair, where the building is condemned, and the opposition, and people express their displeasure of how the government of the country allows the infrastructure to fall apart how could that be the politicization of anything?

      Are you out of touch with reality: Call Griffin Benjamin if that’s your problem!

  32. AA
    June 15, 2016

    Dr. Daroux you are incompetent plane and simple and your incompetence shows glaringly. You have a major hospital that is in that condition, a hospital that not only serve the persons in the area but the travelling/aviation public. you have the newtown health center that is infested and a hospital. You should be fired because you are a joker. The people of Marigot need to stand up for their rights and they need to forcefully impose themselves and get this lazy government to do some real work.

  33. DA Citizen
    June 15, 2016

    Every time these guys open their mouth, only nonsense comes out. Just take responsibility outright for the missteps Mr. Health Minister. All the stumbles happened under your watch. It just shows that you guys have no foresight and don’t know how to plan ahead for anything. You guys take everything hour by hour, day by day. No forward planning. And then when you get criticized, the first thing you run to is that people are politicizing. Dumb, dumb so-called leaders.

  34. Not a herd follower
    June 15, 2016

    What world does Mr. Darroux live in? Decisions about public resources are always political. This is given. Why argue with this? Mr. Darroux, spend your time seeking speedy resolutions to the public health service shortage in the Marigot and surrounding areas. That will benefit the country rather than than your empty talk. Stop wasting time, man. And grow up!

  35. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 15, 2016

    Sometimes in life, we just have to face the facts as they are. Marigot’s hospital was closed because of mold infestation. That’s a fact. The Princess Margaret Hospital in Goodwill was constructed in the 1950s and is incapable of serving the needs of our citizens. That’s also a fact. Your party will receive the brunt of the blame because it has been in power for over a decade and it has also promised to improve the health care sector as part of the MOU with the People’s Republic of China. That’s also a fact. To date, the improvements and construction of a new state of the art hospital that it continues to promise, has yet to materialize. That’s also another fact. So Mr. Minister, please refresh your memory on facts and opinions, before the tow the political party line.

  36. marie-claire
    June 15, 2016

    My question to the PM and ministers in charge, will you all seek medical attention from these facilities in this beautiful country you all are running. I await your response to my question.

    • nutral
      June 16, 2016

      Hell No they won’t. :-|

  37. Doc. Love
    June 15, 2016

    If Darroux was not playing politics with the people of Marigot, why hasn’t he met with the people of Marigot in a meeting. Why didn’t he attend the meeting which was held in Marigot by the P.S and other top brass of the Ministry of Health. By the way, she never mentioned any DLP manifesto and its false promises. Why wasn’t the Pal Rep, Linton, invited to the meeting. Mr. Linton has been saying all along that Skeritt and his Government doesn’t like him and the Marigot people. Darroux has proven him right not only by his neglect of the hospital but by the shabby treatment shown to Linton. The Skeritt led administration believes they can always lie their way out of any situation. If it was Skeritt’s intensions to build a new hospital at Marigot and allocate $1-millon for renovation, according to Darroux that promise was made in 2014, why Skeritt had to wait until pressure was laid on his Government due to the closure to tell them of that good news.

  38. %
    June 15, 2016

    You are right….Politization? Marigot and Salisbury are two constituences that this EVIL regime is using politics against..WICKED LEADERS dominate this DLP governme.t.

  39. The Real Thing
    June 15, 2016

    Dear Dr. Darroux,This hospital has been left to deteriorate over the YEARS by the LABOR GOVERNMENT.First we had rotting termites due to NEGLECT.NO effort what so ever to make good.If you have a MILLION DOLLARSin your budget for the Marigot SPEND IT NOW.THIS IS INDEED A POLITICAL ISSUE.

  40. Mamizoo
    June 15, 2016

    Just an observation- Notice how Darroux used past tense in referring to the Marigot Hospital plans .
    “We were committed to building a new hospital” No commitment now Darroux?

    Check this out as well – “maybe it can be done in a more specialized way to deal with traumas…”
    Timothy said back in 2012 that the design for the Trauma center was completed and construction to begin in 2013. Darroux is basically telling us now that it was a big lie- maybe it can be done suggest that there were no plans.

    They are not even good lying and that is what they do best
    My god how do we allow this level disrespect and dishonesty to continue.

  41. FORKIT
    June 15, 2016

    grown educated men turn IDIOT… if you cant give a logical or realistic answer to the situation, just remain mute. that would probably be a better option… stay silent and to open your mouth and let me think otherwise of you.

  42. Papa Dom
    June 15, 2016

    So if you accept that the min. may have fallen short and they have, how is highlighting their short coming political? You and skerritt treat people with utter disdain and disrespect, refuse to give information because according to your master skerritt it is none of our damn business and want to be wrong and strong when the people demand what is due to them. It is time that you learn to be professional in your behaviour and attitude towards the people of Dominica.

  43. Lang Mama
    June 15, 2016

    Politicize!!!!. These guys politicize the renaming of an airport, they politicize the distribution of the country’s resources, they victimize people for giving farmers who are not supporters due support, they politicize our passports, they politicize DBS radio the national station, they politicize the Morroco hotel that was first slated for Marigot and then suddenly it end up in a swamp in Portsmouth. The list goes on.
    These corrupt goons are just bold and disrespectful and it is time to lunch the koolwosh brigade on them

  44. Lang Mama
    June 15, 2016

    Only in a country where the people are like sheep for slaughter that a minister can make such foolish statements and not have to pack up and go. Who is going to criticize this miserable failure of the health ministry? Certainly not the people who have to wait for handouts. The civil servants there not cause they will be victimized. The intelligencie to busy waiting for favors, passport selling gigs. When sheep are being taken to the slaughter they just go quietly. So Darroux who else do we expect to speak out.

    Instead of being a man and taking up the responsibility for the failure Darroux would rather point finger at the opposition. Note that he is saying that Lennox should have complained about something that he Darroux knows about. In other words Lennox had to complain first before Darroux respond to critical health matter. Unbelievable -these are the people leading in Dominica. A bunch of duncekyat

  45. Shaka Zulu
    June 15, 2016

    So mr. D. Says to politicize the hospital issue is mischief. Let me give you a few more examples of mischief: the red clinic, the naming of a notional airport, the naming of school after the commonwealth secretary, diplomatic relationship with venezuela, the enforcement of law, the welfare department, college scholarship program, housing revolution, and the coutless others. Should i also mention the wearing of red colors at state functions. Politics is the development and implementation of policies that affect peoples lives either by action or inaction. So mr. Dr D. Don’t come with your bs because the state of the marigot Hospital is a reflection of your government policies. Rotten and full of mold and needs shutting down. Your government needs to be replaced. Its nice to see you can identify mischief.

  46. June 15, 2016

    Dr. Darroux you a the Minister of Health on the Island and that mean every corner so stop the nonsense, where were you all the time and why did you allowed the PS and Chief medical officer be the ones to speak about the situation they couldn’t even respond to questions put to them and now you want to say it’s not political. You as minister of health have disrespect the people of Marigot therefore, it would be a lot better if you admit that the Government dropped the ball on Marigot. You and your office didn’t think you should be in communication with the people as you try to come up with some type of action instead you allowed it to get out of hand and to be making excuses does no good. I have to say that I can understand Linton position because he is standing with his constituency so no one should blame him for letting his voice be heard. Dr. Darroux get on the job and get the Hospital on the way and in the mean time use the old Foundation school it’s close to the Airport also.

  47. Anansi
    June 15, 2016

    Ya di ya di talk Mr. Darroux. If this situation is not a political one, I don’t know what else is. Take a look sir, at resources allocated to the more friendly DLP constituencies and areas (Salisbury, Marigot, etc) vs. the blue ones. You’ll find a drastic disparity. The Marigot health issue was left to fester in spite of health officials warning the government. The people have had enough, Mr. Darroux! We are holding your government accountable for the health, medical treatment and well being of every Marigot resident in this circumstance. None of us should have to endure a painful one to two hour ride to the nearest hospital facility. You see sir, this is what happens when the government plays politics with people’s lives.

    • FORKIT
      June 15, 2016

      just to mention, look I the roads inside the town of Portsmouth, gutters and sidewalk on each side and compare that to the capital where the majority of tourist came… oh just to add, I think Roseau people voted the UWP…
      skerrit punishes us as he please and the people just take it and say praise god for him…

  48. Neverson st jean
    June 15, 2016

    What nonsense is this about manifesto,u guys had an interational airport in your manifesto years ago also. U can put u sending a man to the moon in your manifesto. What a bunch of crap

  49. Titiwi
    June 15, 2016

    Of course, the provision of medical services should never be politicized, especially where it concerns a public service. I do understand, however the notion of many residents of the N. East district that this was politically motivated retaliation given that most of them support the opposition and the public tirades and insults by our P.M. directed at the leader of that opposition. There is no place for such behaviour because it clouds the issue of providing first class public heath services to all our citizens, and visitors alike.

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