Chief Medical Officer, Dr Adrien Dechausay has informed that training is currently underway for persons who will be part of the modernized medical team which will form the new Health Care system in Dominica.
This was disclosed at a recent Ministry of Health press conference held at the Princess Magaret Hospital conference room.
Dr. Dechausay confirmed that about seventeen (17) persons will be returning to Dominica to contribute to the Health sector as doctors after they have completed training.
“We have noted that quite a number of times, persons requiring specialized services, if not available here locally on island, they would have to travel overseas to access such services. The Ministry of health in its foresight is extrapolating the idea that you need to train a new cadre of health-care providers so that you can better attend to your much needed population in the areas where we have been lacking that particular expertise,” he said.
In relation to the increase in Non- Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), Dechausay confirmed that already one individual trained as a family doctor is currently specializing in ‘Diabetology’ in Dominica. He expressed the fact that this is a first for the health sector and it carries a major significance.
“We know that there has been much concern with NCDs, the hypertensive patients, the diabetic patients and we haven’t had anybody in such an area specialized to provide such level of expertise to patients who are suffering with those chronic conditions and we are pleased to announce that such a person has returned and has expressed great interest in lending their service to the Ministry of Health. That’s great for the Ministry of Health, that’s great for our population knowing there is somebody who can attend to that particular special need.”
The Chief Medical Officer also indicated that within 3 months, two persons in the area of Accident and Emergency have returned home and one of those persons is currently engaged at the Princess Magaret Hospital Accident and Emergency Department.