Opening in Portsmouth: ‘We added wellness to our health centers’ says PM Skerrit

In the series of the inauguration of Health & Wellness centers, yesterday was the first opening of Portsmouth Health & Wellness in Georgetown, Dominica.

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Opening in Portsmouth: 'We added wellness to our health centers' says PM Skerrit
Opening in Portsmouth: 'We added wellness to our health centers' says PM Skerrit

Dominica: In the series of the inauguration of Health & Wellness centers, yesterday was the first opening of Portsmouth Health & Wellness center in Georgetown, Dominica. 

At the inauguration, Prime Minister of Dominica Dr Roosevelt Skerrrit, Minister of Health & Wellness and New Health investment, Dr Irving Mclntyre, Minister of Tourism – Legal Affairs and Civil Aviation Ian Douglas, and other cabinet members with guest Nurse Olivia Douglas were present at the ceremony.

Dr Skerrit congratulated Olivia Douglas and praised her love, care, nature, and interaction with the respective patients. 

Dominica has experienced many developments in the last 20 years. In 2005, the nation got its first Intensive Care Unit(ICU). PM stated, “Now, we added wellness to our health centers.” The construction of Marigot Hospital would be finished at the end of June. 

Furthermore, PM Skerrit announced that another 20,000 doses of vaccines would arrive from China to Dominica. “Vaccines are important defense action, We have to prevent people from getting sick,” PM added.

After the Hurricane, there was an immediate need to update health centers. The government of Dominica planned to build 12 health centers, whereas they have completed eight of them so far. It will empower and engage the community’s local needs related to health requirements.

Olivia Douglas
Olivia Douglas

As a departmental nurse, Olivia Douglas, a Jamaican resident was responsible for several deliveries and other accountabilities in the health care sector. She has been awarded an enormous number of times for her service.

Witnessing her service experience, the ministry decided to name this health center 'Olivia Douglas Health & Wellness Center.'
Witnessing her service experience, the ministry decided to name this health center ‘Olivia Douglas Health & Wellness Center.’

Witnessing her service experience, the ministry decided to name this health center ‘Olivia Douglas Health & Wellness Center.’

Being a Jamaican resident, she has spent most of her life in Dominica in the health service employing many years as a nurse and then nurse educator at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Roseau and the Portsmouth Hospital. 

She is the widow of Mike Douglas, former leader of the Dominica Labour Party. She has been the director of the NGO CALLS (Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve) since the year 2002, which works to help marginalized young people in Portsmouth.

The firm base of any nation is known by the nation’s Health care sector, and Dominica has always been worked tirelessly to strengthen the girth of the Health Care Sector.

Parliamentary Representative Portsmouth Constituency and son of Olivia Douglas, Ian Douglas, stated, “This revolutionary government has created history by always prioritizing the health care sector.”

“Productive workforce happens only if the population is healthy; this inspires us to educate people more about Medical Education,” Ian Douglas added.

Furthermore, he added, “the government will open 12 health and wellness centers in Dominica. The primary Line of defense in any nation is health care sectors.”

The objective of these centers to keep the citizens healthy and wealthy. It will help to inculcate healthy lifestyles in the population. Around 8000 people have been vaccinated in the first phase of the vaccination drive.

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