We are approaching the healthcare system from different fronts – PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit at a function in Canada on the weekend

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit provided a comprehensive update on the country’s healthcare strategy while speaking at a town hall meeting in Canada on Sunday.

He explained that the wheels for advancing the health care system have long been in motion, and highlighted that the new National Hospital (which is under construction) is just a part of the entire undertaking.

“This government has been dedicated to acquiring advanced medical equipment and ensuring that we have more specialist doctors in our country, such as the many Dominican doctors who we sent on several scholarships to various universities to obtain specialised training to be able to provide better care to our citizens,” he said.

In outlining the vision for the hospital, the prime minister noted that when complete, it will be “a modern hospital, not only with the physical structure, but also with the services provided there.”

After the passage of Hurricane Maria, the Government of Dominica, in collaboration with the Government of the Peoples Republic of China, revised and modified the designs of the hospital to ensure that damage will be minimal in the event of another hurricane.

Prime Minister Skerrit revealed that the government of Mexico released the funds to the United Nations agency in charge of designing and constructing the Marigot hospital facility, which will significantly expedite access to healthcare in northern Dominica.

When complete, the facility is going to house a wide range of x-ray and specialised diagnostic equipment to lessen the dependence on seeking medical care in Roseau.

With the new SMART health centre in La Plaine nearing completion, the prime minister lauded the facility for setting a new benchmark for climate resilient construction in Dominica.

“[The La Plaine health centre] possesses a number of climate resilient elements,” he said, explaining that “the centre is equipped with renewable energy systems, independent sources of water and sufficient storage and capacity to carry out its daily functions normally, in the event of a storm,” he stated.

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20 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    October 16, 2018

    Believing Skerrit and his promises is believing in fairy godmothers. Eighteen years is a long time for anything. If a government can’t get anything right in eighteen years, when again? It’s an existential struggle to stay sane and healthy in today’s Dominica.

  2. viewsexpressed
    October 16, 2018

    Skerrit what you have tried to pontificate in Canada is nothing new as we have been articulating the required resources that is needed for effective medical care in Domininca. A concrete is not a hospital, a nice three bedroom house is not a family. What’s makes a hospital and family home operational is that it has the decent professionals and parents who are good people to function these roles. You behave like this spontaneous little boy who receive toys and play with all day long. That behaviour is for a child and not for you as this grown, appears to be immature man. You have no long term plan, let alone a short term plan, which we in our respective ministries wish to perform without interference and with a lack of consultation and preparedness. Skerrit, you have failed us, you are immature and you continue to play with your political tools as if you never had toys to play with. Grow up Skerrit or get out of this government that you have failed. After 18 years we are in deep…

  3. RandyX
    October 16, 2018

    Listen to that liar. We are close to elections and he promises all kind of things again. I just hope for the sake of our country that the citizen will tell him on election day what they think of him. Dominica can’t live any longer on empty promises, incompetence and the draining of it’s already scarce resources.

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 16, 2018

    “He explained that the wheels for advancing the health care system have long been in motion, and highlighted that the new National Hospital (which is under construction) is just a part of the entire undertaking.”

    Roosevelt, once again I am compelled to call you a liar! There is no new national hospital under construction any place in Dominica. Stop lying for a moment and tell the truth! You brought Chines to Dominica to do additions to the old Princes Margret Hospital, on which work has long halted. The additions started more than two years ago, and stopped!

    Last week you said Chines are coming to Dominica to hold talks about that same hospital; have you forgotten boy; you are a liar.

    What have you done with the money given to you to build a new hospital in Marigot by the Mexican government, and people of Mexico to replace the one  you deliberately allowed termites, roaches, and rodents to destroy simply to deprive  Marigot and Wesley people medical treatment.

    • viewsexpressed
      October 16, 2018

      As far as we know of Skerrit`s government, Lord Nelson, the Calypsonian has a song about “lies”. Here goes

      “Teacher Percy say if you tell a lie you going to hell as soon as you die…you hear lies… that is lie. Lie, that is lie…”

  5. anonymous2
    October 15, 2018

    The PM out traveling around while the country could really use the money that this is taking.

  6. October 15, 2018

    Well well well judas enjoying him self star of the show. Skerrit you look very worried the time is near u must go and will go.

  7. John Jay
    October 15, 2018

    Enjoy yourself while there are people back home under tarpaulin, can’t find food to put on their table. Children to send to school hope whatever MONIES you receive from Canada, you will tell us and put it into good use. Tell us what you do . Time will tell, so many containers send down by this organization, they should of asked you what you did with them.

  8. moi moi
    October 15, 2018

    wil he and his cabals utilize the health facilities here?

    • Paul Rosnoff
      October 16, 2018

      No they won’t, it never has and never will got enough for him and his family. He is the biggest hypocrite on earth.

  9. Canada
    October 15, 2018

    When I rea about the X-ray and so , Portsmouth Diagnostic Centre came to mind. Whatever happened to that?
    Comfort to fools.

  10. %
    October 15, 2018

    Waste of tax payers money…I am shocked that you are not cutting a cake Mr cake Man.H
    Cake always make you laugh.Health care 18 years ago was better on island than it is today …Your interest is self, not the poor ones on island ..
    Marigot hospital under Skerrit’s showmanship F
    GrandBay Hospital under Skerrit’s showmanship F
    Laplaine Health District under Skerrit’s showmanship F
    Rosesu Hospital at Gardens under Skerrit’s showmanship U
    P M H under Skerrit’s showmanship F
    Reginald Armour under Skerrit’s showmanship F
    Yet still Mr showman is smiling and lying to those who don’t know about his incompetence ..
    We good Dominicans will discard you anf send you packing after the next polls ..Bad leader .
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  11. Shaka Zulu
    October 15, 2018

    I like the headline. Its is true. That is why there is a Chinese ship and an american ship at port. When are the ones from Venezuela and Russia coming? LOL 18 years of BS. The real truth must be in heaven. Young etelbot reach Canada.

  12. October 15, 2018

    Prime Minister Sir, let us not turn back to negative vibes, like Lot’s wife who turned back and immediately became a pillar of salt.

    Let continue to look forward and upwards, knowing that we have a Divine force that is driving us, He is God Almighty of Love and Holiness; what He is in control of, through His obedient and humble servant cannot fail.

    Let us keep our hope in the days to come when we will no longer be sending our critically sick ones to another country for health care, but those countries will be sending their same to our hospitals

    What God has planned no one can destroy, let us continue to maintain the hope of the plans which He puts our mind–our Dominica is rising and will continue to rise by His authority and His alone.

    • viewsexpressed
      October 16, 2018

      “That Satan has planned one inept PM in our poor country and has destroyed it…..we hope this corrupt Labour Government and his useless 18 ministers go soon. They have failed us and engaged in Bin Bobol and Fertilizer Bobol. We need our states resources not to be abused and stolen through acts of thievery.
      All you blind Skerrit Loyalists need to come to Domininca to see the poverty and deprivation in your island. We are at the level of Haiti. Deep poverty, no jobs, just talk talk talk, from this failed PM.
      Skerrit must Go
      Skerrit must Go

  13. waypapa
    October 15, 2018

    the govt dedicated to healthcare but you giving permission to concrete plant to toofay people in the jardin patat of Possie. The fish will die the coral will die the water will be poisoned the people will be poisoned, the tourist will stop coming, business will die. The port workers will get cancer and also the people close by, the noise will deafen people. The apartment building you want to put in an industrial zone when Picard has enough apartments you can buy for the same purpose. All you when will our people throw up the koolaid? Alas boy, the thing is the ones that cant run away or afford to go overseas for healthcare are the ones being fooled and not seeing the light you know. Alas boy!!

  14. I want to know
    October 15, 2018

    Ok Pm, we hear you but it is something we can talk about later. But here is a more pressing question we would like for you to address: Sir, what can you tell us about a very wealthy Dutch national Ronald Pieter, Nolen who resided in Dominica but has not been see in a few days? Do you know him sir? Is he or was he your friend sir? Can you tell us if had a CBI passport of Dominica? Look, I am asking questions because I want to know. So please sir I would be grateful if you would address / answer my questions

  15. %
    October 15, 2018

    Lies,lies and more lies…Dominica under your bad ,inept and incompetent leadership has had terrible health care services,with basic procedures have to be dealt with/referred to in Martinique.Shame on you and your showmanship…
    You have failed the country,that’s why you are about to be discarded by the electorate ..No amount of money can save you this defeat Mr Failure.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      October 15, 2018

      Boss,%, cool down your temper. Stroke and heart attack are very common these days.
      What really is your problem? All you do is BRAY. Are you a donkey? You think your braying will or can brake Skerrit heart?
      Go get some positive work to do.
      Skerrit must go on to keep you ALL lazy(UWP) USELESS WICKED PEOPLE out of office.

    • Ou fou compere
      October 15, 2018

      He ain’t going nowhere. We can’t allow him to go nowhere he must be taught to play Monopoly. Straight to jail no hearings confiscate his house convert it into a clinic in the area. Flogged daily in public once at the bay front old market on the day a cruise liner is visiting.
      so my friend % he ain’t going no place
      Eddie has to be treated equally % meme bete memepuel . Good for DA he did not get to sign the deal with Al Marsari for Mining DA.

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