The government of Dominica will uphold its promise of delivering and installing new medical equipment to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), health minister, Julius Timothy has said.
Speaking at a forum during a visit to the hospital by President Charles Savarin on Thursday, Timothy said there’s been public concern that the equipment had not been delivered as promised by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, earlier this year but vowed it will be installed.
“I heard somebody on the radio saying that the prime minister said he was going to do this, that and the other, and where is it?” Timothy said. “I would like them to know it has been done. The technicians from overseas are here installing the mammogram, we have all the equipment for the gastrocopy …. and from Monday the overseas technicians will be here to install it and in about a week the CT scan will also be here. It has been paid for totally, so that come January, this building will be fully functional.”
Timothy also pointed out that within the next few months, an oncology center will be opened and fully operational located below located below the former psychiatric unit which is also being renovated.
“We expect by January 15th, the building will be fully renovated and Ross has donated all the equipment for our oncology center and we expect toward the end of January-February, our oncology center will be fully operational,” Timothy said. “We had decided also to put our drug unit downstairs, however, we had to change those plans because we bought a new CT scan and a new mammogram and we decided while we have not yet built the new hospital, we will install them downstairs.”
He noted that plans for the new hospital will continue and with the help of the Chinese Government, “things will be well on the way.”
In the meantime, President Savarin said that Dominica is making great strides in health care.
“I am aware of the several initiatives that are currently underway to address the calls by many for additional facilities for further specialist care,” he said. “All of these pieces of equipment, together with the construction of the new hospital seek to ensure that we bring better health services to the doorsteps or our people and to reduce the cost involved in having to access health care overseas. Given the current global challenges, it can be said that we are making great strides in the area of health care.”
However, he added that there is still much work to be done and there will always be room for improved levels of care. He stated further, that he is mindful of the complaints of shortcomings in service delivery at health institutions on the island pointing out that every effort is being made to address them.