President of Dominica, His Excellency, Eluid Williams, has lauded the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for significant improvements made since it opened its doors in 1956.
According to him developments at the institution have been many and he listed growth in a number of areas including increases in local specialists, medical officers, consultants, nurses, ward aids, and support staff, as a major step forward.
During a visit to the facility on Friday, the president also noted that there have been improvements to the Accident and Emergency Unit through better diagnostic equipment.
“Recently PMH received some $1-million from the People’s Republic of China for the purchase of diagnostic equipment to include nebulizers, infusion pumps, foetal heart machines, paediatric ventilators and ECG machines,” he stated.
He pointed to the opening of a new occupational therapy facility on the grounds of the APU in 2011 and an Ambulatory Care Unit, as further improvements at the institution.
However, the president pointed out that there is still much room for improvement. He pointed to the need for greater accountability and the formal recording of critical incidents to afford medical staff, nursing, laboratory staff and others the opportunity to use notes to improve the quality of service.
“There are many who are still requesting additional facilities and further specialist care. I think we forget that PMH was meant to be a secondary health care facility but indeed with the inclusion of several other facilities we are perhaps quickly becoming more of a tertiary level care institution,” the president said.
In his remarks, the president also paid special tribute to Dr. Hendricks Paul and Dr. Kurvin Ferreira for their dedication, professionalism and hardwork at the PMH. According to him, both doctors between themselves have contributed more than 50 years of service to health care at PMH.
Special mention was also made of Dr. Jennifer Elwin and Dr. Hazel Shillingford-Ricketts.