President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin has described his annual visit to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) as “special” since it was being done at a time when construction of the new National Hospital has already started.
Every year during the Christmas season, the President visits the facility to mingle with patients and those who work there.
“As its has been pointed out, this year’s visit is a special visit as we are visiting at a time when work as already started on construction of the new US$40-million state of the art National Hospital on the grounds of the Princess Margaret Hospital,” he said at a function after the visit.
He said there will be challenges during the construction but the outcome will be a joy.
“We are aware, nonetheless, that this construction will present its challenges but like birth pains, and you are all medical people, the outcome will be a joy to everyone,” he stated.
The President had high praises for members of staff who he said work with dedications despite challenges.
“As we approach the end of 2016, I wish to extend my gratitude to all health professionals the and support staff who continue to perform their duties with compassion and dedication,” he said. “I encourage you to seek always to deliver the highest quality of service at all times regardless of the circumstances.
He told staff members that their profession is a noble one.
“Yours is a noble profession and continued professional development in all of the various health-related disciplines is essential as we seek to improve the quality of the health care that is provided here at the Princess Margaret Hospital and indeed throughout the health services islandwide,” the President said.