Patients at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) were graced with a visit by the President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin, his wife and other dignitaries during his yearly Christmas tour on Wednesday.
The event is a tradition that has become an annual highlight during the Christmas season.
The president visited the Maternity Unit, Winston Ward, Dawbiney Ward, Alford Ward, Imray Ward, Glover Ward and the Psychiatric Unit.
Speaking at a ceremony at the old APU Building, President Savarin said the visits offered him an opportunity to interact with the patients and the country’s healthcare workforce and “to extend Christmas greetings to you and to all Dominicans at home and abroad.”
“As Christmas draws near and 2014 comes to a close, I wish to thank and acknowledge the hard working and dedicated healthcare workforce here at the Princess Margaret Hospital and island-wide for their continued efforts in 2014 in caring for the health of the people of our fair country,” he said.
Savarin urged citizens to put aside political differences and work together in order to move Dominica forward.
“Now that the election campaign is over and the people have elected a government of their choice, it is most important for us to put aside whatever political differences that may exist,” he stated. “The challenge now is for us to come together as one to build upon the foundation we have made and to work our ways through the economic and financial hurdles…”
The President noted further that there should be absolute trust between the people and healthcare workers “as the very lives of the people are entrusted into your care.”
“We should be encouraged and motivated by tremendous strides we have made over the years in the healthcare sector, particularly in healthcare delivery and the strides that we have made in the care for the elderly in the hospital, in the community through various institutions and at their homes through the Yes We Care Program,” he stated.
Meanwhile, newly sworn in Minister for Health and Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux said, it is a challenging and exciting time for the health sector, “as we continue to attempt to deliver quality, modern and comprehensive health product to our citizens right here in Dominica.”
According to Dr. Darroux, within the past twelve months the PMH would have received and installed a number of significant medical equipment to the tune of EC$2.2
“This modern equipment continues to enhance the provision of quality secondary healthcare to our populace,” he stated.