Parliamentary Representative for the Wesley Constituency, Ezekiel Bazil has called on Minister of Health, Dr. Kenneth Darroux to take immediate actions to address the situation at the Marigot Hospital.
Authorities were forced to temporarily shut down the hospital due to mold and fungus.
Dominica News Online understands that the hospital has been going through issues for some time now and plans were made to have it renovated as a trauma centre.
However Bazil told DNO that “nothing has been done.”
“I am calling on the Minister of Health to take immediate action correct these measures,” he told DNO on Thursday. “The government must seek to address this situation early because this has the potential to get out of hand and people will suffer. The situation as it is, it has the potential to see the demise of people and I am not prepared to sit by and look at government’s intent and deliberately moving to destroying the medical services in the district and the Commonwealth of Dominica.”
He believes that the Marigot and Portsmouth Hospitals must be strengthened, in light of the construction of the new Princess Margaret Hospital.
“I would like to think that the intention then should be to strengthen the Marigot Hospital and the Portsmouth Hospital, because really what you need to do you would have to reduce the traffic of sick persons to the PMH,” he stated. “If they strengthen the Marigot and Portsmouth Hospital it would be in essence seeking to reduce the number of persons from the Kalinago Territory moving way down as far as Colihaut, because you would have had these to hospitals to facilitate and service the districts.”
He described the situation as an attack on the medical system.
“It is unfair and a number of persons will feel it when they are sick,” Bazil remarked. “It is a serious problem.”
He said the opposition United Worker Party (UWP) position is that government must pay urgent attention to the Marigot Hospital.
“We are not going to sit there and look at our people die as flies,” he stressed. “It has nothing to do with Marigot, Wesley or Woodford Hill, it has to do with the health system within the Commonwealth of Dominica.”
The services provided by the Marigot Hospital have been moved to the Wesley Health Center.
A meeting of the residents of Marigot took place on Thursday evening to discuss the matter.
In light of the closure, the Ministry of Health and Environment is expected to hold a press conference on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Health and Environment (4th floor Government Headquarters) from 11:00 am to bring the public up to date on the issue.
The Marigot Hospital was first shut down in 2014 because of a severe termite infestation.