Portsmouth Hospital ER described as “a maze”

Dr. Light has laid out plans to renovate the ER
Dr. Light has laid out plans to renovate the ER

The Emergency Room (ER) at the Portsmouth Hospital has been described as “a maze” with outdated and inoperable equipment.

Dr. Michael Light, Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and Director of Ross University School of Medicine Campus Health Services, has made several visits to the hospital to determine if and how the ER could be improved.

The Rotary Club of Portsmouth has now taken on the task of renovating the ER using the recommendation of Dr. Light.

A message from Light was read at a press conference on Wednesday held by the club to announce the project.

According to the doctor, shortly arriving in Dominica he was given a tour of the Portsmouth Hospital and was asked what would he recommend to improve the facility.

“I confess I was at a loss where to start,” Dr. Light said.

However, he said, during a Rotary meeting Dr.Candia Jacob-Desbonnes, District Medical Officer (DMO) told him that an area of priority should be the ER.

“Now there are 2 beds and a room to change dressings,” he said in describing the ER at the hospital. “There is no privacy and if you need a restroom you have to cross to the other side of the Hospital. I described the area as a maze.”

Dr. Light said on he looking around he realized “that if the space was opened up there would be room for a 4-bed emergency room and if we could use the adjacent room, we could attach a restroom and a shower.”

“By opening up the area there will be more room to attend the critical patients,” he said on presenting his recommendation for improving the ER. “Each bedspace will have a wall to improve the privacy. To gain entry to the emergency room I considered that we could change the whole atmosphere at the main entrance to Portsmouth Hospital. We could create a work-station for registration for all the patients and visitors to check in. This area by the entrance will look much better and there will be some control for people coming and going to and from the Hospital.”

He said as plans came together various parties came on board to assist.

“We needed new beds and monitors and equipment that make up a modern emergency room,” he stated. “And Rotary has committed to supply the resources which will make the Portsmouth ER a more efficient emergency room, capable of stabilizing critically ill patients. There will be monitors at each bed and an upgrade of the emergency equipment.”

Dr. Light noted that modern emergency rooms have to be prepared for any illness or injury “and the renovated emergency room will be able to handle more numbers as well as sicker patients.”

“The community of the north of the island of Dominica will benefit from this endeavor, and I am proud to have been part of the process,” he said.

The renovation project is expected to cost $170,000.

See summary below of the Portsmouth ER project.

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117 Comments

  1. deba
    September 7, 2014

    Tell Dr Light that if he is aware that by virtue of the AFFILIATION agreement signed with HIS school and the Min of Health that GENERAL ORDERS regulates the information that can be given to the media. What is the point here, as if he is about to build a new Portsmouth hospital and we stall him. Same help he giving , our Diaspora donates in equal measure. When last did Ross give a Dominican a scholarship?

  2. still
    September 6, 2014

    Im amazed by how we are quick to post negativity. The Doctor made some valuable suggestions. Instead of analyzing what he said and seeing how we go about implementing these things we are quick to turn it political. One thing that we really need to look at is the true cost of health care. The same er we complain about we only pay $5 to use. Can anyone of us honestly say that the services we want and expect are valued at $5. How many of us would be willing to pay fair market value or get health insurance to cover the costs. These are some of the things we should be talking about before we start getting political

  3. ?
    September 6, 2014

    @pfff, the same party you want to come down to vote for put a ban on all you. they have the FBI and IRS monitoring all you. Just try and come down you will see where you will end up, because of your beloved party. :lol:

  4. Las Marte
    September 6, 2014

    Earlier this year an article was published on DNO where it was stated that Dominica ranks near the bottom in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) compared to its neighbors.
    We continue to wonder why investors are wary of investing in Dominica.
    Access to adequate healthcare is a major criteria for investors. You can’t construct a major hotel in the Portsmouth area with the current state of the hospital.
    The government needs to consider building a new state of the art hospital in Portsmouth. But then again we can’t even provide our first responders with adequate and clean working conditions. We left them to be eaten by termites in Marigot and run out of town by rats and bats at the Portsmouth Fire Station.
    It’s amazing that the esteemed Minister of Health Tim, Tim Marte has been silent on these issues.
    Dr. Pascal made a few points about our healthcare system and he was treated like a common criminal. This country is upside down.
    Furthermore, Ian is clueless and incompetent, irrespective of his Law Degree. How can you allow rats to intimidate your first responders with no action. Do you not see that the hospital in your own backyard needs attention? Then again if you can afford to fly out for medical care, who cares about the blind political idiots who continue to rubber-stamp your election time and time again.

  5. Anonymous
    September 5, 2014

    Uwp thrive on the ignorant ones.

    • Las Marte
      September 6, 2014

      Injecting politics into everything is actually ignorant. When you have termite infestation at the Marigot Hospital, Rats and Bats at the Portsmouth Fire Station and a hospital that fails to serve the needs of the community, it’s not politics at all. Its lack of foresight on the part of our leaders.
      Healthcare has never been a top priority in Dominica. They will march in court because the wall surrounding the Botanical Gardens had to be demolished to improved to facilitate the construction of side walks, but remain silent while first responders are being intimidated by rats at work. What a country we have.

      • Las Marte
        September 6, 2014

        Correction: To improve vehicular traffic flow and construct side walks for pedestrians.

    • ANONYMOUS
      September 8, 2014

      first lets start with the attitudes of the nurses on call at the emergency center……ur attitudes stink and its no one in particular all of their attitudes stinkkkk . u come in with an emergency nobody asks u whats wrong u sit and u wait and when ur tired of waiting an argument ensues…..i think that they live for these arguments the highlight of their nights.i think theyve been accustomed to getn rude and unruly patients therefore they are very defensive to any and everyone.some of em should change their proffessions really….if ur a nurse solely for the money you will definitely be unhappy and disgruntled.they just look like they hate their jobs they suck ….

  6. September 5, 2014

    That is so stupid we cannot say don’t talk like that because a local doctor was trying to shed light on that same issue and he was class like a nobody.(is it because he from marigot) Then here comes mister light and it seems everything become bright and every one can see now.It is not only in portsmouth but all over Dominica the health situation is bad.THat is why dominicans are not returning when they retireand those with money fly out for medical care and thats a shame.ONLY the POOR man ARE FEEL IT.HOWEVER I AM PROUD TO BE FROM MARIGOT NOT DOMINICA.dominica belongs to skirrit and the people that sing for there supper .

  7. ian
    September 5, 2014

    I was told of a saying which goes like this:
    “Education ONLY server to better FOOLS, it serves as a platform to express their STUPIDITY.”

    That is certainly how is see politicians and persons in authority in this world. Their words are senseless with no substance when addressing the people. Its clear that they can’t solve issues right before them. Please comment.

    • anonymous2
      September 5, 2014

      You are correct. Maybe you should throw your hat in the ring. There are some good people in DA. …..just not in the right places of action.

  8. ????????
    September 5, 2014

    It is the Government duty to take care of the hospital on island. Portsmouth have representative who is Douglas was his eyes close to the need of this community what a shame it have to come to this. First of all this hospital covers a vast number of villages. Mr. Douglas step up

    • Citizen
      September 5, 2014

      This hospital was built by the UWP while in power. :?:

  9. Gasparo Contarini
    September 5, 2014

    Dr Light saying the same things like Dr.IP but because IP is a Dominican skerro calling his name in parliament and threatening his livelihoood. Magway Sah Skerro

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2014

      The narrow-mindedness of an individual will isolate them even when they are right. Stop going back just move forward with your point.

  10. zag
    September 5, 2014

    Imagine what that 500000 the catholic church get could do for this Hospital? Priority NEED is not in Skerrit plan. Vote catching matters.

  11. playboy
    September 5, 2014

    Out of an estimate of S170,000, Ross is donating $10,000.
    What an insult to the people of Dominica!!!!
    Problem is, we’re too blinded to see it.

    • anonymous2
      September 5, 2014

      Ross owes you nothing. Get that idea of “entitlement” out of your head. That attitude is a major hindrance to moving forward in DA.

      • playboy
        September 8, 2014

        it owes me nothing, and I want nothing from them. But it owes the taxpayers big time for using our facilities for NOTHING, And it owes the patients who the students are thrust on them for practice.
        By the way, on this issue, what you said there was a bunch of pure and simple crap.

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      September 5, 2014

      That’s the problem – Dominicans take their money and siwo, but expect manner to fall from heaven. Ross is a business, in case you did not know. And in business, your business is making money, not giving it away. I think that Ross did just fine, in giving as a corporate citizen. Now rally your Dominican fellows and gals, and hold parties for the next two years. Focus these fetes on raising money to fix your country.

      • playboy
        September 8, 2014

        Ross is run like a business, but it is an educational institution, the prime purpose of which is to educate persons to become fine doctors.
        Business? that is why year in year out, they’re having problems getting accredited.

  12. Anonymous
    September 5, 2014

    By reading these comments no one can take the uwp supporters seriously. No objectivity, no balance and a blatant disregard for facts.

    • Justice Hacked
      September 5, 2014

      You are talking against your ownself. Are you under duress?

  13. Enough of that
    September 5, 2014

    Eh lass Possie….first the fire station then the hospital…….don’t mention the roads that are in a DEPLORABLE CONDITION and finally getting a face lift on the eve of election.
    To think that the 4 most powerful ministers are form Portsmouth and THE TOWN WAS SOOOOO NEGLECTED OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS…..
    Its high time the people of Portsmouth wake up TO TEH REALIZATION THAT…. IF YOU VOTE FOR NOTHING YOU WILL GET NOTHING!!
    HOLD THEM GUYS ACCOUNTABLE AND STOP LETTING THEM TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED.!!!!!!!!

  14. ALAS
    September 4, 2014

    Alas!

    And please have trained persons to operate the equipment and attend to patients, especially English speaking medical doctors

  15. Jail-corrupt-leaders
    September 4, 2014

    Aye las what an embarrassment for skerrit.

  16. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    I see

  17. Sout Man
    September 4, 2014

    It would be nice if RUSM, (Ross University School of Medicine), in partnership with the government of Dominica, would convert the Portsmouth Hospital into its first teaching hospital. But that’s not gonna happen. Ross is owned and operated by its private, for-profit conglomerate, DeVry, which, like FIFA, expects the host country to provide all the infrastructure.

    $175 is chomp change for a conglomerate like DeVry to contribute to a host country. Thank God for the economic activity they generate in Portsmouth, but like all the citizens of Dominica, they also have a civic responsibility. RUSM has had to go through its own “maze” of Federal investigations and has not quite evolved as a top tier school of medicine with its own teaching hospital.

    Thanks Dr. Light for drawing up a plan for improving the ER but a two bed ER with one dressing room and no rest room can hardly be described as a “maze”. A newly constructed separate wing sponsored by RUSM would be welcome. Dominica is referred to as a Third World country, and one of the poorest at that, for a reason. Conglomerates squeeze their host for concessions and monopoly while holding tight to their purses. They begrudgingly remind you of the few jobs they create and threaten to pull out when you impose taxes or other conditions.

    $175Ka

    • anonymous2
      September 5, 2014

      I guess that you don’t realize how much money Ross already pays and brings to the island to even utter these comments.

    • REAL!!!!!!!
      September 5, 2014

      Scout Man I agree with you but we don’t have the capable people in GOVT leadership to negotiate with RUSM to get us to that point. RUSM will never hand us its profits on a plate, an organization in business for profit who is accountable to its shareholders………..

      Again capable leadership is the problem because no company in this world is going to handover shareholder profit. Therefore a competent GOVT with its technocrats has to fight and negotiate hard with these companies to get the things needed to benefit its citizen.

  18. Africo
    September 4, 2014

    A little background:
    The old Portsmouth Hospital was put on a hill away from the mosquitoes and swamps. It had excellent ventilation from the valley breeze and the wards were airy and clean. But it was a bit out of date.

    The Freedom Party Government demolished the old hospital and gave the design job to an architect from Nepal called Tulada. He really was not a very experienced architect. He had been sent here as technical aid from India. But Dame Eugenia liked him and followed everything he said.

    Architect Tulada paid no attention to the environment or the movement of patients. He put the men’s ward on the west side with no ventilation so in the afternoon it is a furnace. He put the women on the east, but gave no canopy for the windows so as soon as it rains the ward has to be shut up.

    At the entrance, where casualty should have been, he put a large indoor fountain which is never used. He put casualty down a narrow corridor with a normal office door to enter it, so that it is almost impossible to get a stretcher with a patient into the place. It is indeed a maze.

    Since the hospital was opened in the early 1990s these have been the unsatisfactory conditions. DFP, UWP, DLP have all lived with it and made no structural changes, although DLP put in much needed equipment.

    An expert has now pointed out the defects which date from the early 1990s and all hell breaks loose! And as for volunteer groups aiding the hospital this has been going on for decades.

    Rotary raised funds to build the Psychiatric Ward, and for those old enough to remember, the Donkey Derby at Windsor Park was organized annually to raise funds for the PMH. Nothing wrong in that.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      I guess Tulada thought he was in Nepal.

    • pffff
      September 4, 2014

      UWP was the ruling party for 4 1/2 yrs……Labour 14 yrs

  19. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    Dr. Pascal said the same and was taken to task for it by our leaders.you’ve been vindicated Dr.Good JOB Doc.We need guys like you.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      September 5, 2014

      Strange I went back and read the article from Dr. Pascal and I could not see one line where he mentioned the Portsmouth Hospital; but again I could be wrong. But that does not make a difference to the people who post here. We seem to live on what could we read or write and look for that one word, one phrase, one sentence to make our country look bad.

      What is a maze? I have been in some state of the art hospitals, the most modern building and equipment and you need almost a whole half hour in the hospital to get from one department to another and that could also be considered a maze, where you can go round and round in circles before you get to your destination.

      I would like to congratulate the Rotary Club, Dr. Light and all those who are responsible for coming together and raising the funds to make this improvement to one of our hospitals, something that will benefit all of Dominica. Anyone of us could be visiting Portsmouth and need the emergency services so I think this is something very good for Dominica. and not something that need to be criticized. I mean something is going to be improved and we are complaining of an improvement? Sa Ca Fet Nou Non? Sa Mal Yor Fe Nou?

      Some people are actually doing something instead of saying that is what they (meaning someone else) should do instead of saying that is what we are going to do to help in a situation that needs help.

      Some of us should do a little more of that and much more less of our usual malpalay.

      • Anonymous
        September 5, 2014

        The country is looking bad because we have a weak leader. Skerrit is maybe the most powerful pm in past time yet he cannot assert himself and set standards for his party. That is why he has to please so many.
        You only have to bow to God.

      • A Doubting Thomas
        September 5, 2014

        Anonymous

        You mean by asserting himself he should be calling Dominicans greedy, needy, prostitutes, rapists, thieves and all the other nice adjectives used by the UWP to describe the country and the people with the power in their hands to mark that ever powerful ‘X’ that determines who should lead them?

        And not do all the things this government has accomplished under the Leadership of the PM and his Government, while the UWP has been doing their best to bring down this country?

        Then give me his type of weak leadership any day! Dominica is striving because of his weak leadership. ( as you call it )

        Dominica is the envy of many Caribbean Islands. Dominica cannot do any better than the Dominica Labour Party with PM Skeritt at the helm at this present time in our country’s history.

        The UWP is not ready and the UWP knows that; we all know that.

  20. skero love us
    September 4, 2014

    pm skero say he love us we

  21. theresa peters
    September 4, 2014

    Sorry Doc. We do not give honest opinions…..prepare for some Mepuis….what we call tongue lashing.

  22. dubux
    September 4, 2014

    sso much grants and money the gov getting and yet still look at the state of our health care. instead they take the 27 million dollars and build that useless statehouse they shoild invest it in the hospitals on the island but these people i doeno if is fowl brains they have u have a hospital clossed down near a main airport?? )lol u doe see those people t here maddddd!! first time i see that . take out ghose people theere in power .they wrecking the country economy they providing no job no opportunity nothing they doing but building house for themself and saving big money for therself and familly.

  23. Possie
    September 4, 2014

    Shame shame mr prime minister that hospital serves ville case and so on that was the first thing u should have taken care of . No man should see that mess in the ER, I heard Jefferson James talking about fixing that I was so happy . My child was in the children part and lord the night tables were bending back like a pregnant woman, my god

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      Vote for him one more time.

      • Deperate V Seducer$
        September 5, 2014

        Not in my wildest dreams.

      • `
        September 6, 2014

        Don’t worry, we will.

    • deba
      September 7, 2014

      PAY YOUR TAXES!!!

  24. Anthony Ismael
    September 4, 2014

    Hopefully the Blind Political Idiots will now respect Dr. Pascal’s initial assessment that our health care system needs serious improvement. He was treated like a “Judas” in Parliament by fools who operate on emotion with blind loyalty to stupidity.
    I am still waiting to hear from our Minister of Health, “Tim, Tim Marte.”

  25. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    The present state of health care on DA is very backward and lacking. You can’t do something with virtually nothing when you have serious situations.. No health care for me for anything major, just fly me out.

  26. .
    September 4, 2014

    We are missing the big picture here. He was given a tour and asked his advice as to how can the hospital be improved. This shows a willingness to improve the facility. Isn’t that a good thing?

    • Pedro
      September 5, 2014

      You are the one missing the big picture. Things are so bad he did not even know where to start in terms of improvements! And obvious ones at that! If you are saying thats this is the best that could be done with the knowledge and management in place (not to mention countless complaints I am sure), then all the technical managers and decision makers in the ministry should be fired for incompetence. Assuming that some reports or recommendations were made already then we should fire those politicians controlling the public purse

    • deba
      September 7, 2014

      If he was given a tour, as a genuine individual what public statement he have to make as if is EBOLA he ebola-ing
      and even have to call the Dr name and say, she say, they just like to put people on the fronf burner. The lady ask him to broadcast any information about her working station? Is either he is with us or against. Just tell him pay those patients his students going to use like guinea pig to learn medicine in the same ER

  27. james calme
    September 4, 2014

    Are they not dismissing ministers who are performing badly in Dominica? This health minister seems to be the worst Dominica has ever had but he still running for election. He is a reflection of his leader if one may say. He is not even repremanded, Something drastically wrong in this country. He has a moral responsibility to resign if he is not up to the job or if he is not getting the resources from the government to do the job. He can’t just sit there earning a fat pay cheque while people’s health are being neglected like this. And Dominicans are still voting for these guys? Wake up people. You have an option use it…Vote forfChange vote Team Dominica to rescue this situation

  28. falcon carier
    September 4, 2014

    well they need not do anything there cuz come what may..is labour they voting…just like grandbay..such stupid [email protected]@ mentality..i guess if you are not sick you donot need any doctor…skerrit realize is stupid they stupid so once is labour they already voting watever the price let it be..he go give the money to the church instead..let dem stay beck-keey-caye

  29. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    Why do all the blues come singing here on DNO to look for any and every issue to try to make a political point? This still isn’t going to get your party victory at the polls! All those commenting on monies given to the church, why you didn’t comment recently when millions of dollars in new equipment were purchased for the PMH? You all bold faced and naked biasness is just too plain to see and that is why you guys and your blue party will continue to remain in the dusbins of Dominica’s political history for a very long time to come!!!

    • !!!!!!!!
      September 5, 2014

      You are a typical labourite who thinks people will VOTE LABOUR JUST LIKE THAT !!!

  30. pffff
    September 4, 2014

    Lets all say it together… 1….2…3 Labay ka twavay!!!!!

    twavay my [email protected]!!!!!! A huge palace for one man to live in, Ministers have how many houses, who have mansion and villas….. and you telling me hospitals to service the nation’s people are in a horrifying state. WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR THIS NATION?????????

    HAVE ANYONE TRY TO USE THE TOILETS in the lobby AT PMH????? SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!!!

    Now possie A & E area is described as a maze, no proper equipment to save lives…COME ON MAN!!!!!

    I COMING DOWN AND VOTE BUT MY X WONT BE NEXT TO THE SHOE THIS TIME AROUND.

  31. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    If the people of portsmouth wants development they must vote for Change, otherwise one must conclude that they are happy to celebrate mediocrity. They community with by far the most potential for development are happy to remain as Christopher Columbus left it. what a shame.
    we don’t need a foreign doctor to tell us the state of the hospital when Dr IP and Jefferson James has clearly stated the deplorable contidions of the health facilities in the country at large. Dr Light is only confirming what we already know… That is why the cry for CHANGE IS SO LOUD and resonating amoung the masses.

  32. yes ii tell u
    September 4, 2014

    Boy labaaaaa must go time for change DA.

  33. Joy
    September 4, 2014

    These comments are so disheartening. :( Shaking my head

  34. FORKIT
    September 4, 2014

    mister going and get it next parliament meeting. I sorry for you, skerrit will fix you up like doctor pascal

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2014

      the PM is not going to say nothing ,,its a WHITE DOCTER saying it not BLACK DOMINICAN

  35. happy
    September 4, 2014

    Tell Doctor light, if he see a need, just help the situation, and stop creating a stir.. We don’t need criticizers we need helpers, that would do what they can do to help any given situation..white people alway want to make a big bang so that they can be seen and heard…

    • .
      September 4, 2014

      Do not make this into a negative because it is not. The blues are the ones trying to put a negative spin on it.

      • Fed up
        September 5, 2014

        Not everyone on here is blue sweetie. Some people here are red and can’t deal with it so stop your foolishness about blue. You people are so stupid you all forget to see the bigger picture. It is not about what party you support it is about putting monies where there is really a need.

    • September 4, 2014

      Is that not what he is doing? What help do you need other than a VISION? Is a VISION not enough help/assistance?

    • Hmm,
      September 4, 2014

      happy —– you are so stupid . What white have to do with a concern. i read your comment and i cannot believe you.

  36. no love
    September 4, 2014

    skerro make his child foreign because of the health care in his own country so sad.. An outsider have to come point out the possie er in turmoil..Roseau er and casualty not much better..nurses make no money..ask for the doctors..but they building state house..but thats none of my business u dig :twisted: :mrgreen:

  37. Left Labor
    September 4, 2014

    Thank God this is coming from an independent person otherwise Skerrit would say it’s politically motivated.

    • Possie
      September 4, 2014

      Now the pm will want to run and help for them stupid in possie to say labour that do it

  38. foxy
    September 4, 2014

    why the fuss, why is Dominica rated the Poorest in the Eastern Caribbean, because the citizens of Dominica actually Promote it dearly…

    Dominicans simply don’t get it Period they are generally Foolish People who are beggars and highly ignorant of all things….

    If Dominicans were heads up this Prime Minister could NEVER dream of holding office for so long…
    and sadly the fools in Dominica will give him another five years….

    FOOLS PARADISE…..DOMINICA…

    • September 4, 2014

      @foxy, although I agree with your argument, are you not a Dominican? If yes, one would think that you are as much foolish, a beggar, and highly ignorant of all things as the rest of the Dominicans who fall under that category.

    • Gary
      September 5, 2014

      Big mouths and small brains make the strangest noises.

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2014

      Can you show me one recent article where Dominica is rated the poorest in the Eastern Caribbean?

  39. Upper Penville
    September 4, 2014

    $27 million well spent

    • September 4, 2014

      @Upper Penville, you can not be serious. What are you profiting from this expenditure?

  40. shaka zulu
    September 4, 2014

    Dr. Be careful what you say about our hospital. Skerritt, TA, and JT will have you deported. See what happen to firemen for asking for better living conditions. Gov don’t have time for hospital, is red clinic, hotel, coffee plant and abatatoire that is important. Gov is into businesses cause our private sec nah working.

    • September 4, 2014

      @Shaka Zulu, there is no cause for deportation. If that should happen, do you think the Doctor cares? He will be going to his Country, which has a better way of life.

  41. Apple
    September 4, 2014

    Oh god I have to call shame on the government
    Of dominica they have neglect all the hospitals
    On the island of Dominica that’s why people
    Love ones ate dying there without a real cause
    Health care should be a priority for the people
    Of Dominica Skero is buying all the poor
    People on the island with material things
    And not their health if he get sick now or any
    Of his family member he has the money
    To fly them any where in the world
    Lord help my people in Dominica that white
    Dr must have feel sick to his stomach
    That Gordon guy is a waste of time he
    Has issue and all the other health care
    Personnel just collecting big chk at the end
    Of the month

  42. John-3-16
    September 4, 2014

    Ross University should be ashamed .

    Every medical university arround the world has adopted a hospital not ross.
    They are just there to make money.

    Government should never give them permission to place a health centre on campus.

    • deba
      September 7, 2014

      true say my brother, and they thinking they fooling us.
      but is our old doctors and cuban graduates that making them pass all their exams and come out high and is the same too much patient handling they doing here. patients must start to CHARGE them money , or get their lawyers when they making ward rounds for nothing and getting all those sick people history to learn. Ungrateful Devry!!!

  43. Pedro
    September 4, 2014

    Kudos to the Rotary club and the good doctor. It is sad that while we spend money on the catholic church, president palace etc we cannot find funds to take care of our own safety and health security, among the most important duties of any administration. It also begs to answer the question about what our technocrats are doing. Are the technocrats in government so easily satisfied or is it that our standards are so low? I am sure if we are to pick the entire health system apart we will find similar grave scenarios. Some of these improvements do not necessarily take millions of dollars and with the right emphasis we can find partners in funding, way before the Rotary club’s initiative! Well, I won’t ask what Ian’s doing.

  44. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 4, 2014

    What difference does it make no matter how bad skerrit treat them portsmouth people will still vote layba? Always foreigners to help Dominicans. No help from Govt, yet they still vote them.

    • `
      September 6, 2014

      Portsmouth people will still vote Labour because you people are lying when you come here and say that the government is doing nothing.

  45. C, Goebel
    September 4, 2014

    Dr. Light is truly a WONDERFUL man!! Sent from Heaven above. He will help save lives in Dominica..God Bless him.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      Do you know him?

  46. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    Looks like Dr. Pascal was right in his comments Re: health care services in DA. But we are locals and local doctors should not constructively criticize the system in which they work. Dr. Light.. like his name suggest just shed some LIGHT on the problem and challenges that has been plaguing the health care sector for too long…. It looks like we still in that age when only foreigners can skillfully advise.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      Of course Dr.Pascal was right. Some Dominica can’t deal with the truth.

    • September 4, 2014

      @Anonymous, who better to comment on our health care services than us, locals and local doctors?

      I think that ANYONE and EVERYONE is entitled to criticize, constructively and/otherwise. We will chastise our own but PRAISE the stranger, which is what we do best.

      I agree that problems and challenges has been plaguing the health care sector for too long, but you should also agree that those in CONTROL DO NOT LISTEN TO US.

      • deba
        September 7, 2014

        they listening self.! because the govt wanted to put the new hospital in a nice fresh enviroment and all of all you because all yu offices in Roseau, all you demand to put the new hospiatl in Goodwill. So thiose in charge listeningself.

    • deba
      September 7, 2014

      Tell Dr Light that this is the same system that cause his school get high status in usa when the students go back to do their USMLE. So we must start to CHARGE more for hands on internship or do like Bahamas where the school was trying to mawon last semester students and make them
      see everything on the Big Screen. They too PHILOSOFF!!!

  47. TRUTH
    September 4, 2014

    isnt dr light afraid,
    have he not seen ,or heard what have happening to all who have constructively critisized the incompetence of this regime. Dr , you are not in america where democracy is alive ,so watch youe back

    • Itassi Too
      September 4, 2014

      @ TRUTH, Dr. Light is not afraid because of the following: he is an American, does not depend on Skerrit to pay him a salary, he does not need skeerit but skerrit needs him when he is sick because whereas most of us from the north will have to run to the Portsmouth hospital when sick, that is not the case with Skerrit. If he has the flu he goes straight to ROSS University. We too sort in Dominica!

    • anonymous2
      September 4, 2014

      And the pride in ignorance continues.

  48. real possie
    September 4, 2014

    PS I blame the PM though all the money he spent on those cancer equipment he should have spent it on the hospital and have the people still going away to do those expensive test.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      Under what regime was this hospital built?

  49. joyj
    September 4, 2014

    But,thats what service clubs are there for, to help people and communities,

    • Itassi Too
      September 4, 2014

      @joyj, That’s what service clubs are there for while governments are here to take care of our churches. Boy we reaaaaally sort in Dominica and that’s why we will never go forward because we call good evil and treat them that way while we call evil good and treat them that way. How sort a people. If I were the president of the USA, Pm of England, government of guadelope, Antigua, St. marten, USVI, Anguilla and all where you Dominicans run to, I would search for you all and shill you back to where you came from. The stupid mentality of most Dominicans like you, is a poison and hazard to any nation. No wonder the pastor and spiritual advisor of Skerrit called all you sort!

    • kicha
      September 4, 2014

      You are Dominican, aren’t you? You don’t appreciate when you receive a courtesy or gift from others and you think that entire world owe you something and if there is something wrong with you or your country you start to blame:
      1) PM and Government in general
      2) Chinese and Haitians
      3) Whites and slavery

      Maybe you are just incapable to be grateful and be responsible and its the root of all evils in Dominica?

    • Possie
      September 4, 2014

      So what the country money to build $400,000 foundation and villas and giving church to make magie noir for him to win election

  50. REAL!!!!!!!
    September 4, 2014

    This is so wrong that a GOVT can use the state money to give to the church, pay 24% above market price to contractors for GOVT work and the ER in Portsmouth hospital in that state.

    This is a constituency where 95% of people vote for this DLP adminstration…..This GOVT don’t care about the people.

    • me alone
      September 4, 2014

      And wasting all that money, I’m hearing a private singer is holding a concert to try to raise funds to assist the ER unit.

  51. wheres people tax
    September 4, 2014

    correction NOT INTERESTED IN THE NATION HEALTH

  52. wheres people tax
    September 4, 2014

    the finance minister obviously interested in the peoples well-being full stop,

  53. IG
    September 4, 2014

    The renovation project is expected to cost $170,000
    Fakes who run the country would have this figure inflated to 1,000,000 +

  54. Fany B
    September 4, 2014

    Thank you Sir for bringing this to the fore. You just showed the country of Dominica that that just one man has done the work of the state for which there is a ministry and paid civil servants.

    I was ashamed to read this!. Where is Ian Douglass and the Minister of health?

    That’s why I am NOT voting for any dam politician!!!

    Lord have mercy on this country!!!

    • james calme
      September 4, 2014

      Your best option is to use the power of your vote to vote them out and the power of persuasion to convince others to do the same. abstaining is not an option this election

  55. Pat
    September 4, 2014

    Fabulous!!

  56. Itassi Too
    September 4, 2014

    The question is, does the Portsmouth hospital belong to Ross University and the Rotary Club, or the State? I mean just recently the PM was able to give $500,000 to the Catholic church, which mind you, is privately owned. Yet Portsmouth hospital, which is owned by the state, has to depend on Ross University and The Rotary Club of Portsmouth to raise $175K for the Emergency Room? So embarrassing is the state of the hospital that Dr. Michael Light, Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and Director of Ross University of Medicine Campus Health Services, could only describe it as ” A MAZE”? Folks, Maze means a puzzling path in which you can get lost. In other words, a state of confusion or a jungle. Magwey sa Skerrit! Yet, before the election date is announced Skerrit is expected to win in all the villages from Penville to Capuchin and Bense, that are being served by the Portsmouth hospital. According to the pastor and spiritual adisor of Skerrit, Zor toe sort!

  57. Ras
    September 4, 2014

    Where is the Minister of Health? Do we have one? It is a real shame to be reading these kinds of reports. With these kind of reports…CHANGE IS A MUST….A MUST MWEN DI

  58. straight up
    September 4, 2014

    We have really been neglected in possie by our sweet Labour Party. Shame you all. Mr Ian Douglas you are doing a wonderful job in Portsmouth.

  59. Dorival John
    September 4, 2014

    I hang my head in shame reading this. What is the government doing?

    We have a state house, costing millions with a light bill of close to 50 grand every month and no ordinary Dominican can visit but look at the state of our health care.

    Now the Dear Leader and his gang might go to parliament and lambaste Dr. Light because he wants to make his blind followers believe Labour Ka Twavay.

    Shame.

    • real possie
      September 4, 2014

      @ Dorival, lambaste for what but he is right, if you from Portsmouth you know we never really had an ER they would just stabilize you and transport you to town that was always our cries, some of you all talking like no other Gov. was ever in power, that’s where I blame our people we tend to cry about the wrong things. But I know for a fact they engaged ROSS to come together to re-do the hospital where they could use their students to do work there and they were turned down each time, but be it as it may there was still more that should have been done at all the medical facilities island wide.

      • Dorival John
        September 4, 2014

        OK Real Possie, allow me to retort.

        Never was it mention in the press conference on Wednesday of a “stabilizing room” at the hospital, as you suggested. Probably good Dr. Light doesn’t know the difference between one and a real ER.

        Needless to say, Dr. Light said the machines there are either outdated or inoperable. So even if it was to stabilize a patient, chance of stabilizing appears to be next to zero.

        Dr. Light himself admitted when he saw the condition of the hospital and was asked for recommendations, he didn’t know where to start. Imagine a hospital in our second town. Don’t you think this is shameful?

        Let me just add here that Portsmouth on a whole is a dump. The place is overall depressing and one is left to wonder whether the area has been frozen in time. However, the area has voted Labour for close to 50 years now. The Labour Party could send Sponge Bob to run there and Sponge Bob would win. It is rather shameful that people like you Real Possie would stand for such. What are you drinking or smoking? LOL

      • Itassi Too
        September 4, 2014

        @ real possie, I don’t know if you can read or if you need someone to help you understand what is being said because quite clearly you don’t like you understood anything! You said “if you from Portsmouth you know we never really had an ER they would just stabilize you and transport you to town that was always our cries, some of you all talking like no other Gov. was ever in power..” I know about portsmouth because it is the hospital that serves us all. First of all, no one person buils a house. It’s all team work where the mason lays the blocks, the carpenter builds the roof etc. FYI, there was and is an ER at the Portsmouth hospital and that was built by other governments. UWP for sure I know updated it before naming it The Reginal Armour Hospital. When Rosie became PM, one of the first thing he did was to put some equipment in the ER. Since Skerrit became PM, he has done absolutely nothing to maintain or update the ER. Hope that helps you

      • Cara Warrie
        January 15, 2016

        I think you are forgetting that the Portsmouth Hospital had an operating theatre at one time. It wasn’t just a place for stabilizing people and sending them to town. We are actually going backwards! Or maybe you’re too young to remember.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2014

      But! But! But! The State House has a light bill of $50,000.00 per month?? It is these kind of lies and shameless propaganda that will put limiere on allu!

  60. CIA on the Watch
    September 4, 2014

    Let us see if he will get a tongue lashing like ipugh (Dr. Pascal) got, and we are told Labar ca twavay, if Labar could not twavay in their potatoe garden which is Portsmouth how must we expect them to twavay anywhere else in Dominica

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      September 4, 2014

      I like your potato (no “e” at the end) analogy, CIA. I blame Dominicans for this state of affairs. I myself have already concluded, finally, that we Dominicans get just what we voted for. We are not terribly politically savvy. We are contentedly with blind support for the party of our parents, the one we were born into, as it were. Like the saying goes, my mother was Labor, my father was, so I voting Labor (or any other party in Dominica) all the way.

      When will we demand of those who want our votes that they deliver service that materially and meaningfully improve our live. Or at least create the best affordable living conditions for us?

      We are too happy with handouts and trivial acquaintances. So I can call the PM on my phone, so what?

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