Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia constituency and Minister of Kalinago Affairs Casius Darroux has said plans are in place to establish the Kalinago Territory as a Health District.
Darroux made that statement while addressing the second in a series of town hall meetings to discuss the 2015/2016 National Budget.
“We are putting documents together so that we can have the Kalinago Territory as a health district on its own so that we will not have to be depending on an ambulance from Castle Bruce or from La Plaine or depending on an ambulance from Marigot,” he said. “We will have an ambulance stationed right here in the Kalinago Territory especially at the Salybia Health District.”
Darroux revealed that the government is also working to have a resident doctor in the Kalinago Territory.
“So in case of an accident we will not have to be travelling all that way to Castle Bruce or Marigot to receive that service, it will be right here in Salybia…” he noted.
Meantime Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Roselyn Paul said the people of the Kalinago Territory will benefit from a half-million-dollar small enterprise development project.
According to her the project, which was also announced during the presentation of the 2015-2016 National Budget, will assist in generating employment in that community.
“You have the Kalinago Small Business Development Fund, half a million dollars and so we will continue to partner, support, collaborate with the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs to ensure that you can access these funds and maximize the results,” she said.
Paul describes the program as a special one which targets the Kalinago Territory.
“You better than me would know that you have special situation in terms of access to credit, you own land in common, for example, which you cannot use as collateral and this is a strategy to assist you in creating employment and increasing economic activity within the community,” Paul stated.
She continued, “And so all persons would be qualified, it would be administered through the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs with our support and partnership and I guess the criteria first have to be developed in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.”