Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has revealed that plans are still in the pipeline for the much talked about state-of-the-art hospital in Dominica.
“We are still really in intense discussions,” he said on “Focus on Government and Development” program on DBS Radio on Thursday night.
The hospital has been on the lips of government officials for years now and during the campaign for general election last year, it was said construction would begin in the first quarter of 2015.
But according to Darroux, new information, new points of view and ideas about the hospital have surfaced in recent weeks.
He noted that a site for the hospital is yet to be determined and considerations are being taken as to whether it should be moved to another location or remain on the current site of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Goodwill.
“From where I sit, I see far more benefits in moving to a new site,” Darroux said. “I think we would be missing a golden opportunity to better the primary health care services in and around Roseau if we were not to move to a new site.”
He noted that the final decision for the site will be made soon.
“I’m sure as time goes on when the final decision is made, and I’m hoping within the next few weeks, that the nation will be informed,” he stated. “We’ll look at the pros and cons of the new site and old site and make what we think is a decision that is going to be in the best interest of Dominicans.”
Back in 2010 then Health Minister, Julius Timothy, announced that the ground breaking ceremony for the hospital in the Roseau North constituency was “coming soon.”
That same year, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said Warner should be considered as a possible location for the hospital.
Two years later, in 2012 Timothy said the existing Princess Margaret Hospital would soon be revamped and the country will have a “relatively new hospital .. early next year” (2013).
In 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit said the new hospital was among projects to be undertaken that year through gratuitous aid and concessionary financing from the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
At that time Skerrit mentioned that they were “unfolding the designs” of the hospital.