Dominica: Minister Laville visits Marigot Hospital, set to be commissioned in July

The Minister for Health, Wellness and Social Services of Dominica, Cassanni Laville, led a tour of the new Marigot Hospital on Friday, ahead of the official commissioning planned for next month.

Dominica: Minister Laville visits Marigot Hospital, set to be commissioned in July
Dominica: Minister Laville visits Marigot Hospital, set to be commissioned in July

Roseau, Dominica: The Minister for Health, Wellness and Social Services of Dominica, Cassanni Laville, led a tour of the new Marigot Hospital on Friday, ahead of the official commissioning planned for next month.

Laville thanked residents for their patience and provided a detailed update on plans for the phased opening of the facility, as well as the array of health services which will be available.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Dr Cassandra Williams; Parliamentary Secretary, Kent Edwards; Parliamentary Representative of the Marigot Constituency, Anthony Charles; Senators Delbert Paris and Lorraine Henderson-Reid; Chairperson of the Marigot Village Council, Michael Pascal; and senior health officials were part of the tour.

Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, shared glimpses of the tour on his Facebook page and expressed pleasure in witnessing progress on the site. 

Marigot Hospital is one of the initiatives of the government of Dominica in its efforts to become the world’s climate-resilient nation. PM Roosevelt Skerrit said that health care leadership, innovations in primary health care, medicine specialists, effectiveness and accountable health governance are the key steps towards Dominica Labour Party Government’s goal.

The world-class infrastructure is on the verge of completion and is expected to commission in July 2023. 40,000 square feet two-floor hospital will have a 75-bed capacity, as well as a wide range of essential services and modern state-of-the-art facilities. The hospital will consist of several world-class treatment facilities, which are as follows: 

· Trauma Centre

· Emergency Care

· Ambulatory Services

· Radiology Services

· Intensive Care (ICU)

· Maternity and Pediatric Care

The construction of the hospital was fully funded by the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, Dominica’s lifeline for Building Back Better. The hospital will attend to the immediate health needs of the people in the Marigot Health District – which includes communities of Marigot, Concord, the Kalinago Territory, Atkinson, Wesley, Woodford Hill, Palm Tree, Calibishie, Bense and Anse D’ Mai.

 Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit asserted the significance of the healthcare sector and said that the government of Dominica understands that to fight any health-related emergency, we require robust healthcare systems and sufficient development to be sustainable, resilient and inclusive.