Government has invested heavily in making healthcare more resilient with a hundred million dollars invested in the Dominica China Friendship Hospital.
Minister responsible for Climate Resilience the Hon Dr. Vince Henderson says such an investment serves to equip the country for mass casualty situations.
Speaking to Local Government Authorities during a National Consultation on Community Resilience, Minister Henderson made the point that Government’s efforts at building resilience in the health sector entails much more than just investments in tertiary level care.
“But before that, we invested heavily in primary health care at the local level. We now have resilient health centres. So in partnership with PAHO and the UK Government, we were able to make a number of our health centres around the country more resilient. Our health centres now have water supplies, water tanks which are secured, renewable energy and backup power, so we have solar panels but we also have diesel generators; so we made those investments,” Dr. Henderson explained.
Dr. Henderson says Government has been very focused on building resilience in terms of infrastructure making mention of the Marigot hospital and the Dominica China Friendship Hospital as well as the many primary schools which have bee rehabilitated or reconstructed around the island.
Dr. Henderson further noted that resilience also means investing in roads all over the country.
“Communication, roads, ensuring that our roads are not blocked and we can move freely and safely in times of emergencies, so we have invested more in roads. In the East Coast Road we are investing over a 100 million dollars to ensure that the road all the way from Castle Bruce from the junction at Pond Casse going down through Castle Bruce and through the Kalinago Territory will have a new road. We are expecting to see the commencement of work on the Loubiere to Bagatelle Road passing through Grand Bay with over a 100 million dollars being invested in that road. These are all efforts to build resilience,” Dr. Henderson added.