Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux is dismissing claims that the massive turnout of Dominican nationals seeking medical attention on the US hospital ship, Comfort, is not a negative indicator of the health sector on the island.
As a matter of fact Darroux is arguing it shows that Dominicans are more health savvy and health conscious.
Thousands of Dominicans flocked to two sites to be screened for medical attention on the ship during its nine-day mission and by Wednesday August 5 it was revealed that some 8,488 had been seen.
Darroux was questioned whether this is a sign that all is not well with the health sector on the island but he said this is not the case.
“So my dear journalist friends, the crowds were in no way a negative indicator of the health sector,” he said during a closing ceremony for the ship’s visit on Tuesday. “In fact the indictment would have been if very little people showed up for the services, because it would mean a lack of preparation and public relations on our part and if anything at all it would have also indicated to us that our people have become more health savvy, more health conscious, seeking second and possibly third and fourth medical opinions.”
He continued, “I say a resounding no to the question posed by the journalist because as a small island developing nation limited in both financial and human resources, we have never claim to have all the answers and solutions as it pertains to the demands and the request of our people.”
Dr. Darroux pointed out that Dominica boast of a primary healthcare system that has been the talk of the international medical community.
“And although over the years we have seen a shift in focus and admittedly the enthusiasm and dedication, our primary healthcare system still remains a force to be reckoned with as it provides services free of charge…” he said.
The ship closes operation in Dominica today (Wednesday).