Dominica: Govt spent $52M in constructing 12 health centres

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit talked about the accomplishments of the Dominica government on Sunday during the episode of Annou Pale.

PM Skerrit while addressing the nation.

Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit talked about the accomplishments of the Dominica government on Sunday during the episode of Annou Pale.

PM Skerrit highlighted the work done in the various sectors and also conversed with the citizens to know their expectations from the fiscal budget 2021-22.

Talking about the Dominica government’s achievements in the health sector, the Prime Minister noted that the developments in the health sector are enormous.

He informed that in total, $52 million were spent on constructing twelve new health and wellness centres while the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital is still under construction.

With this, the Prime Minister further informed that the construction of the Marigot Hospital is about to get completed and will serve the North East region of the country. He noted that on completion, the hospital would provide extensive health services to the citizens of Dominica, including outpatient, emergency and inpatient services.

Following the statement, PM Skerrit asserted that the measures assist these crucial developments done in the field of health in order to enhance efficiency and to improve the service delivery to the citizens.

Further highlighting the recently opened cardiology department, PM Skerrit cited, “We are employing specialist doctors to provide care to our population and introducing new services such as the recently opened cardiology department.”

Furthermore, Prime Minister stated that the Health Authority Act passed by the government permits implementation of administrative changes which would encourage accountability and provide the citizens with improved health services at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Prime Minister stated the Ministry of Health is dealing with a spike in the COVID-19 cases. The latest figures, which were released on Friday, says that there are around eleven confirmed cases on the island so far.

PM Skerrit added that “There is a continuous need to closely monitor our borders to limit the risk of COVID-19 positive travellers entering the country and spreading the virus among the local population.”

In addition, PM Skerrit also provided an update on the preventive measures which came into effect in Grand Fond from today. With this, he also urged the citizens to take their dose of the COVID-19 vaccines to protect themselves from the contagious virus.