The island’s Hon Health Minister, Dr Kenneth Darroux is creating a picture of a renewed national healthcare system.
The Honourable Health Minister says the reinvigorated framework will complement the new Dominica-China Friendship Hospital.
Phase One was handed over to the Government and people of Dominica on Friday Sept 6th as the new Accident and Emergency Department, Radiology Department and Medical Technology Building No. 1.
Funding for Phase Two, which includes an ophthalmic wing, has been secured and is underway.
Phase Three involves an outpatient department and medical technical no. 2.
New health centres are also part of the vision for the revamped health care network.
Minister Darroux reported, “We will soon see the commencement of the new Marigot and Portsmouth hospitals together with the construction of 12 modern climate-proof health centres to boost the provision of health care services across the island.”
In addition to the new hospital and health centres, Minister Darroux says even more changes will add to the new look and feel of healthcare in Dominica. This includes an increased budget for pharmaceuticals.
“We have made significant strides in the quantum and quality of the health product being offered here on island,” Dr Darroux said, “in the form of procurement of state-of-the-art equipment and the development of our medical human resource by both continued and new medical cooperation and missions and by local medical personnel returning from post-graduate studies in a number of new specialties. We have also made and implemented major policy decisions such as an annual increase of EC $5m in our pharmaceutical supply budget. We have recently added the HPV vaccine to our schedule. Added to these, our National Insurance Pilot Programme speaks volumes of our continued effort towards universal health coverage by providing optimal and affordable health product to our entire populace.”
Hon Minister Darroux says Government will execute administrative adjustments for the management of the hospital as well as healthcare nationwide.
“Your Government has recognised the need to revamp and modernize the management structure of the health services here on island and in light of these and on the recommendation of a number of local, regional and international organisations, we have taken the bold decision to change and thus strengthen the management and administration structure of the new hospital,” he proposed.
“Some of the key changes is the appointment of a chief executive officer and support staff with a Hospital Management Board which will assume the overall management responsibility of the facility. The longer-term goal is to expand to a National Health Authority which will oversee the total health care package here on island.
The Hon Prime Minister had previously announced a restructuring of the nursing field and Health Minister Darroux says the improved opportunities for upward mobility and increased incentives will only add to what will be a more resilient health sector with a marked difference in accountability, leadership and performance. He says patients will note an improved experience and value for money.