PM says work moving ‘very fast’ on new national hospital

A perspective of the new hospital building complex

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that work is moving “very fast” on the construction of the new state-of-the-art national hospital which is being constructed by the Government of China.

Construction works began on the China-funded hospital in October 2016, following the ground breaking in August of the same year.

However, work was halted following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria on September 18th, 2017.

 “Work is moving very fast; the Chinese contracting firm has really increased their pace and I would like to thank the Chinese Ambassador and the Chinese government for this,” Skerrit said.

According to him, the first phase will be handed over to Dominica by April 2019.

This, he said is “good news” for Dominica.

Skerrit indicated that his government had to take some time to do some changes to the design following Hurricane Maria, “so [for] the rest of the buildings outside of this first phase, the roof will be concreted”.

“There are some functional changes we had to make with the floor space – the use of the floor space, and the Chinese government has agreed to that,” he stated.

Meantime, the prime minister said in the second phase, a helipad will be constructed to be able to pick up patients at the hospital and transfer them to a hospital overseas.

He added, “We will have an increased water storage facility at the hospital to ensure that the hospital can run itself for several weeks in the event of a natural disaster.”

The US$40-million China-funded project forms part of the four-pillar projects agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the governments of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China when the two countries established diplomatic relations in 2004.

The contract for new National Hospital was signed between the Hunan Construction Engineering Group Corporation of China and the Ministry of Health and Environment on December 11, 2015.

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32 Comments

  1. Ras
    January 17, 2019

    DNO you had an opportunity to show progress to date on the facility, but you chose instead to show us an impression that was presented years ago! I think it’s time for DNO to change its modus operandi.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    January 17, 2019

    How close is election now? I mean they dug up the 3D image of the cannot finish hospital since donkey years promise and now what? Another vote catching scheme to fool the masses, while the boys fly out helicopter style when they need medical treatment.

  3. Da
    January 16, 2019

    This is not the real thing .This is just a drawing

    • January 17, 2019

      And what’s your point. Everyone can see its a 3D Drawing.

  4. Liz M
    January 16, 2019

    Politicians like to make promises and projections beyond their pay scale but I am hopeful. In my opinion the helipad which will be used only occasionally should be multi-function. What other function you ask? Well that’s above my pay scale too, but something that encourages exercising for staff maybe, considering limited real estate in that area by the hospital.

  5. Child of Itassi
    January 16, 2019

    Why wasn’t this announcement made by Minister for Health – Hon. Kenneth Darroux?
    Taking all the credit should be ready to take all the blame.

    Politically toying with the gullibility of Dominicans.

    Bragging about having a helipad without a helicopter. Isn’t that like bragging you have a garage but you don’t have a car?

    And sitting in your garage saying “beep-beep” doesn’t make you a Toyota.

    • LaPlaine Observer
      January 17, 2019

      I totally concur. This guy operates like a micro-manager and dictator. He has rendered all his Parl Reps ineffective because he wants to make every announcement to impress his RED CLINIC recipients.

  6. Neal
    January 16, 2019

    Skerrit please hurry up and call the elections because we want to move you fast out of this office. Then we will build our hospital- Thanks in advance.

    • John hope
      January 16, 2019

      In your dreams. Don’t forget majority is with dlp. All u making more noise but dlp have plenty plenty more numbers.

      • viewsexpressed
        January 19, 2019

        Yes John Hope, we know that the corruption is well aligned with Skerrit’s Corrupt Labour government. 18 years of emptiness and our people continue to be in poverty, begging and misery. Skerrit must never again be in government, a Prime Minister, let alone to be on any board or hear of a youth group or any other group, for example Village councils or community groups. Why, because he`s incompetent, immature, ridiculous, play stylish politics and has been boyish and absent mined to the practice and principles of socio-economic development. Skerrit has been a failure and clownish in his pubic behaviours as if everything is a big joke.. The joke is on him now. Skerrit must Go. Just Go please, go away….don’t come back, you have sufficiently damaged our island Dominica a, reduced it to deep poverty, no employment, no agriculture, no produce, just passport money where friends, frolics and strange bed fellows benefits from our stolen resources and sales of passports. Skerrit Go..Get Lost

  7. Real truth
    January 15, 2019

    If I read correctly that the hospital will cost US$40 million, I am very very positive it will not be state of the art!……..go ahead, prove me wrong!

  8. zandoli
    January 15, 2019

    Another ‘state of the art” facility in Dominica.
    OK dumbo, the government just built a truly state of the art hospital in my city. It is fully digital. Another hospital is being built and the cost is projected at $2.5 billion (these are not EC dollars). When it is completed, I am sure the final tab will be much more. So come again if you think you can build a state of the art hospital for a few million dollars.

    You can fool Dominicans, but you are not fooling me when you throw words around like that.

  9. Man bites dogs
    January 15, 2019

    Nice one prime minister Skerrit, and your administrations who laughs last laughs best, Mr Skerrit every single things you said you would do you have been delivered so far thank you sir you are blessed keep the good work going we the good people of Dominica love you forever.

    • %
      January 15, 2019

      Yeah he delivered Ross too, because of his great incompetence,ineptness and being a square peg in a round hole.Last Wednesday he showed the world how he has delivered poverty at the financial center He himself was utterly dumbfounded.
      Oops see that::
      Coffee Plant failed
      Roseau reinstatement failed
      Marigot Hospital failed
      Geothermal failed
      Boats for farmers failed
      Airport failed
      Everything failed
      His surname should be “Failed”..
      Lies,Lies!!! Lies!!! Lies!!! He has done excellently.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

      • ???????????????
        January 15, 2019

        Obsessed %. You must be dreaming about the man every night. Stuck record! Hateful! Can you not say something else nice?

      • You
        January 17, 2019

        Get a life %. You are burden to society. As a couch potato 🥔 your comments are becoming more outrageous. What’s your contribution towards the elderly, the homeless, the marginalized, various cancer society, most of all the young people you are constantly advocating about. % being a leader is doing not bragging %.

    • DEE
      January 15, 2019

      What is really wrong with you Dominicans nah
      why cant you people see where Skerrit coming from .
      ”State of the art hospital” he says, so i take that to mean fully equipped and brilliant ,
      then he continues , ”a helipad will be constructed” , not to pick up sick persons from out districts in cases of extreme emergencies , and taken to His ”state of the art hospital”
      but to take persons from the state of the art hospital to hospitals overseas .
      Now explain that ”STATE OF THE ART” hospital to me , will it be one which the Government Ministers still have no confidence in , so they have to be flown for professional care else where ? will it be a state of the Art hospital where his wife cannot give birth ?
      Now i believe Dominicans really dumb in truth . Ok some of them .

    • January 16, 2019

      @ Man bites dogs, I agree with your thoughts, but let us learn to give the credit to God, which rightfully belongs to Him.

      I will always believe that PM Skerrit and his government is the Primary Agent from God, to do His work of raising Dominica to her standard level; His work is in continuation–it is not over yet.

      But He puts those hope of His works for Dominica in the minds of PM Skerrit that he might speak them out, for that is the only way those works will come forth–but at God’s appointed time–and whatever PM Skerrit speaks, he does so by God’s call .

      Let us be glad that he knows where his wisdom and fortitude of his mind is coming from so that he might remain humble and to give God the glory , which is rightly His.

    • Pipo
      January 17, 2019

      More like a laughing hyena dog man.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 19, 2019

      This an keeps biting this dog, I bet it goes fleas that some are so attached to Bobol the fleas keep rubbing in. One is so blind idiotic behaviour, it is too late to convert them to loyalty and decency in politics.
      Keep biting your dogs in our camp Mr. man…woof woof…go for it. You just keep woof woof your lanagusge and

  10. Class
    January 15, 2019

    Great job Mr pm..some set of ungrateful ppl we call for a better Hospital,it’s being built now we have a problem with it..smh..

    • %
      January 15, 2019

      @Class
      Mr Class,I don’t know if you have any class,or if you were sitting behind the chalk board in your class,but the only set of ungrateful people in Dominica, are those who CROOKED Pierro..
      All you Labourites have “Memoire Poul” too much!!
      Go ask Tony how the ungrateful ones bit Pierros hand when he streatched it out for help!!!!
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

      • John hope
        January 16, 2019

        Mr percent u doesn’t give it a rest. U on all subject except on positive items like youth sports ect. So when u see uwp lose election AGAIN I guess by then ull have less to say. If u believe uwp coming in power anytime soon u telling yourself a big LIE believe me. Pa la. So stay hating the pm. Just so you know it have plenty plenty more love for him than haters. Try see what positive u can do for the dominica u and mr.Lenox loser Linton(LLL) according to you.

    • jamie
      January 15, 2019

      Ungrateful like you,Skerrit is a dictator,and continue to use fools like you.

  11. LifeandDeath
    January 15, 2019

    More nice pictures for the Dominicans public..why didn’t he put up those of Roseau nuh..so long we waiting for Roseau to look like “the envy of the Caribbean”…

    We all need the hospital so this is no laughing matter so let’s enjoy the nice pictures still until another gov’t build it..

    Skerrit dem do ENOUGH already set dem fellas free Dominicans..

  12. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    January 15, 2019

    Right Ralph! You have been saying that for the last 15 years right around election time.

  13. John Jay
    January 15, 2019

    That will be good news but apart from having a new building, need to have equipments and trained nurses, doctors and other personel. Also if the chinese are giving us equipments their should be trained Dominicans to service and access the equipments to maintain them.
    So new hospital without those mentioned is no hospital.

    • January 16, 2019

      @John JayJanuary 15, 2019

      Why must you all be so negative/ The building is not yet completed, but you are digging up negative issues to complain about; don’t know anything about one step at a time? What is your point; what is wrong with you people?

      The production of negativity is darkness and futility which produces death; you people need to stop with your words of death against your own homeland–that is not the sign of patriotism.

      • Pipo
        January 17, 2019

        Liz, as soon as there is something positive to report about you messiah Skerrit, I wii be the first one to do so, trust me.

  14. %
    January 15, 2019

    Work is also going on “very fast” to send you packing this year. Dominica can surely do without your incompetence and blatant “in your face”LIES.
    On what else is work going on very fast?
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • mine
      January 15, 2019

      I hope you all are hearing what is happening in st LUCIA

    • Pappite
      January 16, 2019

      On what else is work going on very fast? On Joshua Francis demise hahahahahhaah another of Skrit’s efforts like he did with Dr.Pascal. The Neo DLP is doing to Pascal what they did to the River Street docto and the Nurse from Salisbury when they went on stage in 95. This gives credence to the ills of local politics.Same Sh.. dif decade. More things change more they remain the same. The Doc & nurse went to the US and just forgot a place called home /DA

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