Police search for tuberculosis patients who walk out of hospital

Health officials at the news conference. Dr. McIntyre is 3rd from left

Police are in search of two Haitian nationals who left the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital while being treated for Tuberculosis (TB).

This information was according to Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre, who was addressing a press conference recently.

Dominica News Online (DNO) understands that they left the hospital between 8:00 pm on the 9th February and 7:00 am on the 10th February 2020.

“There were two Haitian nationals in isolation on the ward… I don’t think that they discharged themselves. If anything, we found out that they left. So, it wasn’t like they were going to the nurse and get a discharge from the hospital; we would not allow this,” he said. “Two of them absconded and that information was relayed to the authorities. The search began for them and it’s still ongoing.”

According to McIntyre, there are special protocols in regard to this.

“We know exactly when these patients get discharged and when they get discharged, we send them out to the district and then the district health team is aware of where these patients are, so the contact tracing can go on and then the treatment can continue,” he stated.

Meantime, according to the health minister, some unofficial sources said that the Haitians could have left the island.

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29 Comments

  1. Ras B
    February 26, 2020

    The foolery which has emanated from the Minister of Health (MOH) suggest that he lacks the basic medical knowledge to continue in this post. This could result from (a) sub-optimal training, and/or (b) The MOH was not the brightest candle in the pack. Either way, I suggest that he be removed from this position to avoid further embarrassment to D/CA.
    He says with Coronavirus (1) D/CA has things under control; The world at large is still struggling with the outbreak, (2) Outlines a plan to protect D/CA from the virus, yet he fails to mention the first basic step to contain a contagious disease, that is quarantine and he makes no mention of guarding the entry ports to the country, (3) D/ca is the first country in the Caribbean to test for the Corona virus, only to recant the statement 2 days later, (4) He claims that there is no TB outbreak in D/ca, only to recant 11 days later and (5) he and the CMO are engaged in the criminal act of releasing infectious TB cases into the community!

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  2. February 25, 2020

    According to JD, don’t complain, ” take allu blows and shut up”. That’s what you all voted for.
    The worst is yet to come.

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  3. Global Warming
    February 25, 2020

    Haiti is plagued with tuberculosis; the health department will never succeed with the way they operate. the state should make it mandatory that every Haitian national in this country should be test for TB and Aids whether they have permission or not. A special ID should be given to them which they should be responsible for paying for. This is to certify that they are not contaminated whilst they came here for work the State is obligated to know their health status, if they fail to comply they should be deported, irrespective even if they are from Caricom, remember we have a work force to protect. We can only accommodate healthy people and not sickly people; Dominica is not a quarantine country.

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    • It'sMissAlie
      February 27, 2020

      That is a heavily dangerous post. Marginalizing people with whom we share the same history with. The Haitian people have suffered enough, and Dominica should not participate in criminalizing them.

      TB is common in the Caribbean; it is not restricted to Haiti. And, your statement about they being tested for AIDS is even more dangerous. That stigma is attached to the Haitian people based on misinformation and prejudice.

  4. Ras B
    February 25, 2020

    The minister of Health does not have a clue about what he is saying. The statement below suggests that the Minister is saying that a person with TB is always infectious….read the statement!!!
    “We know exactly when these patients get discharged and when they get discharged, we send them out to the district and then the district health team is aware of where these patients are, so the contact tracing can go on and then the treatment can continue,” he stated.

    He speaks about ‘contact tracing’ that is been able to identify the persons with whom the infected entity may have come into contact. It would be logical to assume then that the hospital is discharging patients who are still infectious! a very dangerous practice. Why isolate patients whom you are going to liberate to the general public whilst they are still infectious? We know that generally patients with active TB who have been appropriately treated for at least two weeks are no longer infectious, so no need for contact…

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  5. February 25, 2020

    In the band!!!That will be a sad state of affairs…cough-up in the band and oops..
    Whatta mess….

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  6. What the Sam Hill is going on?
    February 24, 2020

    I suppose nothing; not tsunami, fire, hurricane or TB, was going to prevent the two individuals from playing Mas!!!

    I pray they exercise an abundance of caution in order to avoid putting themselves in further peril and the general public at risk.

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  7. Iamanidiot
    February 24, 2020

    AA, So Ma Boyd does know what she talking abotu den

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  8. KID ON THE BLOCK
    February 24, 2020

    DNO, can you put their pic by any chance for identification?

    ADMIN: We don’t have their pictures.

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    • mountain high
      February 26, 2020

      How about you sent your pic to DNO for them to publish and for me to see who you are! Believe me, I’ll find you then and give you a good kick between your legs as a long due award for all the BS you keep on broadcasting on here.

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  9. derp
    February 24, 2020

    It dun have TB outbreak in Dominica since, Feb 9,10 them people on the loose and now you telling people that unbelievable! What about all the others with TB that not going to the hospital!

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1
  10. Bwa-Banday
    February 24, 2020

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: What a bunch of incompetence going on in the ministry of health. Sadly they choose to say that when everyone is having a good time drinking and careless about news. Plus Matt is on a sabbatical taking his foot.

    This is some serious “sheet” if you ask me! They did not check out themselves but left the hospital and may have left the island? What kind of spin, BS is that? Bro they check themselves out and hulled “hass”. I hope they not in a carnival band coughing, hacking and breathing in people face. I tell allu pray for us if just one person come in our country with corona. That government MUST GO soon.

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  11. Dynamic Dominica
    February 24, 2020

    Hope they are not hiding in de carnival band

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 2
  12. Truth Be Told
    February 24, 2020

    This administration has turned this island into a complete failed State laughing stock in the Caribbean! Poor Dominica, the land where incompetence is god and king! And of all the great medical doctors that my land has produced, the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital is the best name we could come up with? Could not honour one of our late great doctors!? Wey, wey, wey Dominica, why do your children hate you so and love all foreigners over you?

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  13. Sweet Dominica
    February 24, 2020

    I LOVE this place.!!!!!!

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 14
  14. Mamzell
    February 24, 2020

    Imagine if they had Coronavirus….

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    • February 25, 2020

      Well folks will just come down with Corona..Sadly,,not the one from Mexico that will get them drunk,,it’s the one from gina that kills..
      You know,, how often we want to do what’s right in our eyes and expect to remain in our comfort zone nice and easy,,forgetting that there’s a GOD above who said that,There will be no rest to the wicked,,he or she will be like the waves on the sea shore..I’ve never gone to the beach and saw no waves on the shore even when the sea is most calm.GOD has used diverse diseases in past time to deal with mankind and HE can certainly do it again today..Like our little saying goes,,time changes so do men,,I’ve never heard so do GOD.In contrast it’s GOD changes not,,HE’s the same yesterday,today and forever…Again,HE made good and evil and HE could use any at HIS own pleasure to bring about what so ever HE desires..The clay can’t tell the potter what to do with it..We had no say in who our mother or father should be..
      Do not forget GOD in these times…

  15. D/can to d bone
    February 24, 2020

    So long and now they searching ebe allu backward

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  16. Lovergirl
    February 24, 2020

    I always say they have them people comeing da without checking them in Haiti lots of AIDS and tuberculosis.

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  17. Romano V
    February 24, 2020

    OMG! Is there any limit to the incompetence of this government and it’s officials??? Why oh why do the citizens of this country put up with it??? Maybe a situation like that is exactly what it takes to wake them of their slumber!

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    • look it
      February 24, 2020

      A government in power for so long with these slackness going on. Where are the hospital wardens, what of the security. About time the PM move on and stop the excuses about long time supporters. let BY GONES BE BY GONES.What a let down.

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    • patriotictodebones
      February 24, 2020

      Tuberculosis and Cholera for votes .that what we getting now .

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  18. Pipo
    February 24, 2020

    They did not discharge themselves they say. Of course they did not and this is purely an academically argument by the authorities to absolve themselves from any blame. Instead they should admit that the security arrangements are inadequate to keep people with infectious diseases secure. They probably had already paid some people smuggler to take them to Guarda that night and did not want to miss the boat. Our borders are like a sieve with a hole in it. Nobody saying anything because of the money to be made and people who are not involve but know do not say anything because they are too afraid for their life.

  19. Di Englander
    February 24, 2020

    Based on this report, are we safe to assume that this sudden out burst of TB was introfuced by Haitians?

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  20. Donkey Whole
    February 24, 2020

    The police them need to follow the same highway Skerrit took when he brought them here; who knows they might find them along the way waiting on the next train. I just can’t understand how a national leader could be so irresponsible to bring down so many Haitians that are frankly not in good health.

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    • Miniature man
      February 24, 2020

      Anything for an election win…

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    • Kalinago Justice
      February 24, 2020

      These head and eyes closed blind followers of the one-man rogue regime will allow the one-man rogue regime to bring the once lovely Island to same state that papa doc/baby doc brought Haiti to!!! It’s probably a coincidence that he had to fraudulently impose the title of doc to his bad legacy! :?:

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    • The Truth Be Told
      February 25, 2020

      ZORT sa paler sort. All u not hearing all you self. “Skerrit bring down haitians”? Way papa. He have a plane or boat transporting them? Some of u must get intelligence papa. Everything happen is the man. Start get smart and stop talk foolishness. So is he who have them all over the world. Think before u speak. On a more serious note we are all God’s creation. We should not discriminate against others – White, black, blue, pappy, FOR the creator is the one who will judge. All of us make from dirt with God brea the of life within. Time to recollect why you are on this planet and who gave life. Have u all so quickly forgotten Hurricane Maria. We need to love others as Christ loved us.

  21. Gouvelma
    February 24, 2020

    Square pegs in round holes!!! Was that story read over before it was posted? Is the minister accusing someone or people of kidnapping and harm g the sick patients? According to him, “I don’t think they discharged themselves…….”. Well Mr Minister, if they didn’t discharge themselves and the hospital care providers didn’t discharge them were they kidnapped? We’re they killed on the hospital compound and disposed of there to? I understand why Skerrit is fearful of you folks addressing the media. What message are you sending? Please go back and speak to the media and say what you really meant.

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