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.