His Excellency Charles Savarin, Mrs. Savarin and officials from the Ministry of Health made the annual Christmas visit to the Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday.
His Excellency visited all the wards and took the time while on site to visit the construction of the of the EC$100M national hospital.
H.E Savarin describes this year’s visit to the hospital as “special”. He is pleased with how work on the new national hospital is progressing.
“This year’s visit is a special visit as we are visiting at a time when work has already started on the construction of the new US$40M state of the art national hospital on the grounds of the PMH. We are aware nevertheless that this construction will present its challenges but like birth pains the outcome will be a joy to everyone,” he said.
He thanked medical professionals for the commendable work they continue to do with patients even having to deal with the inconveniences of the construction of the hospital. The President also encouraged them to continue to provide quality service to all.
“As we approach the end of 2016, I wish to extend my gratitude to all health professionals and the support staff who continue to perform their duties with compassion and dedication. I encourage you to seek always to deliver the highest quality of service at all times regardless of the circumstances.”
The Hon Minister for Health, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, reaffirmed Government’s commitment to invest heavily in the health sector.
He is happy that Government could deliver on its promise for the new national hospital. The new national hospital is one of the five pillar projects agreed upon when Dominica and the People’s Republic of China established relations twelve years ago.
“As a government, we will continue to do what we have to do to improve the health system; I’m a medical doctor myself by profession and I have always given the commitment that I would like to leave it much better than how I found it. We as a government will continue to invest in the health sector…the construction of the new national hospital is just one of these investments,” he said.
Five departments, seven retirees, five support staff, and two doctors were awarded for outstanding work over the past year at the Princess Margaret Hospital.