Pichelin gets “Clinic in a Can” mobile health unit

The interior of the ‘Clinic in a Can’

The community of Pichelin has received a new state of the art ‘Clinic in a Can’ mobile health clinic.

It is essentially a 20-foot-long container that has been converted to an emergency movable primary care unit. It is equipped with all the necessary medical equipment required for a fully functional clinic.

The mobile clinic was presented to the Ministry of Health on Thursday at the Princess Margaret Hospital by donors Clinic in a Can and Biomedical International Corp.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Davis Letang said, “Pichelin was one of the communities most hit by Hurricane Maria and the only community where the health center vanished, it disappeared. If you were to go to Pichelin now you would see no sign of a health center.”

He said that the Clinic in a Can will help complement the activities that are being undertaken by the primary health care sector, saying the aim of that sector is to ensure that health care services are made accessible to the people.

“We recognize that while the basics are there, there are some additional infrastructures we would have to put in as the Ministry of Health to make the people who are going to use it more comfortable,” Letang said.

He noted that the clinic is expected to be assembled in Pichelin within the next month since land has already been cleared and the ministry will soon get into a contractual arrangement to get the facility completed so that the clinic can become operational.

Meantime, Minister for Health Dr. Kenneth Darroux said that investments like the mobile health unit will go a long way into moving Dominica’s health sector forward.

He noted that work commenced on the New National Hospital but has been placed on halt as the Chinese construction company is regrouping.

“Hurricane Maria has made it imperative that we now look back and look at the designs and functionality of the new national hospital,” he stated.

Exterior of the unit
Officials outside the unit

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13 Comments

  1. February 25, 2018

    I was honored to visit your country during this stressful rebuilding process after hurricane Maria. I know the Clinic In A Can is small though it gives you a sturdy solar powered primary health clinic where it is needed most.

    The people of Kansas for whom you have never met wanted you to know you have not been forgotten. God bless you!

    Sincerely,

    Michael Wawrzewski PA
    CEO
    Clinic In A Can

    • in these times
      February 26, 2018

      Thanks Mike. We need one of these in every community here. Many of our “clinic” centers need a make over and this seems very useful.

  2. WeNiceMan
    February 23, 2018

    SMH!! We Dominicans got a lot of ISSUES. Especially those of us who live in the “DIASPORA”.

    It seems that we choose to live in DENIAL of our country’s REALITIES.

  3. Ibo France
    February 23, 2018

    Let’s be reasonable and rational. This mobile health clinic is not a bad idea. My hope is that a new and improved health center would be constructed shortly in Pichelin. National Security, Health & Wellness, Education and the Economy should be given priority in this order. All four priority areas are presently in a sorry and deplorable state. This is totally unacceptable for a government that has been in power for two decades. This government has been sleeping at the wheel and driving the whole country into the abyss. I am anxious to give the present administration credit for something substantive that it has done. Nothing readily comes to mind. It gives me no pleasure to state this. Skerrit has reduced Dominica to beggar’s status. He and his cronies are bursting their pants while most other citizens are becoming emaciated.

  4. Dominican to bone
    February 23, 2018

    Go ask Edison and Linton about Margot hospital Randyass

  5. Sus an Nesty
    February 22, 2018

    DominIcans God hates ingratitude. What about saying “Thanks” u76and move ahead

  6. Pamala
    February 22, 2018

    It’s better than nothing for now hope it’s not permanent marigot need an ambulance and plus carib reserve

  7. ByStander
    February 22, 2018

    Funny how some people can take a positive event and turn it into a negative, political matter.

  8. Big Bannan
    February 22, 2018

    Pichlen you now have a permanent clinic . Wen alu finnish say Labor paka twavai. Pure ignorance when we use the “half a loaf” phenomenon. We should demand more after all these Labor years .

  9. Dominican Passports
    February 22, 2018

    But where I be there nuh? Not in Afganistan they does have that for soldiers nuh? 8-O Clinic in a can for Dumb in a can

    • My Dominica
      February 22, 2018

      am not a supporter of skerrit but everything doesn have to be negative. they don’t have a clinic at the moment it’s Better than nothing… it even looking better than a clinic in a certain village…hmmm.

  10. marie-claire R Skerrit
    February 22, 2018

    great job. now i hope the government of dominica puts it to good use

  11. RandyX
    February 22, 2018

    What about the Marigot hospital?? Useless government!

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