Barbadian doctors and nurses to assist Dominica

Arrangements are being made to have doctors and nurses from Barbados travel to Dominica to provide much-needed assistance.

This is according to Dr Brian Charles, who is in Dominica to provide primary assessments for the health care services and the hospital there, and to work alongside the Barbadian military personnel.

Dominica remains in a state of emergency after it was devastated by a category five Hurricane Maria on September 18.

Dr Charles stated that there was an urgent need for artisans, medical and nursing personnel to provide much-needed care for those requiring assistance.

“The [Princess Margaret] hospital has been badly damaged … it is about 70 per cent destroyed, but it is running somewhat,” he stated.

However, he lamented the fact that the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department had very limited function, as the institution had no power, water, operating theatre, X-ray or CAT scan departments, laboratories or blood bank.

“Our appeal right now is for assistance to get those up and running soon,” he urged.

Dr Charles reported that there were currently five people who needed to be medevac from the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.

“The French authorities have indicated that they will take them to Martinique. There is also one critically ill police officer who sustained major trauma that needs to be airlifted,” he said, while adding the needs of dialysis patients were also a cause for concern.

However, the physician noted that the Roseau Polyclinic was operational after sustaining minimal damage, while the Portsmouth and Marigot health centres were also functioning but with limited staff.

“We have been unable to reach any of the other health centres at this point,” he added, explaining that blocked roadways were hindering efforts to reach persons in remote areas.

53 Responses to Barbadian doctors and nurses to assist Dominica

  1. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler September 23, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    they don’t even have enough to cover QEH how are they sending them there

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    • Sheila Boyce
      Sheila Boyce September 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Nurse in bdos don’t only work Qeh. All nurses in bdos are equally trained until they venture off into specialty areas. That being said the current medical.staff in Dominica have been on duty since the impact of the storm and they are of no help to themselves or even the patients. So know that medical staff comes from different medical institutions within Bdos

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      • harry turnover September 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

        Don’t know exactly what you are trying to say but if the Medical Staff on duty there are of NO HELP to themselves OR the Patients and are still on duty,where are the other Staff members who are off duty? and are you advocating sending the Bajan Doctors and Nurses there to relieved the staff on duty since as you say the impact of the storm to be of no help to themselves or the patients ?

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    • Katherine Zettler
      Katherine Zettler September 23, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I absolutely understand that

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    • Katherine Zettler
      Katherine Zettler September 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Definately should send med students over

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    • harry turnover September 24, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Exactly and there were no mass casualties or injuries which would necessitate extra Doctors and Nurses either.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

      They are VOLUNTEERING ever heard of it??!!

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    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown September 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Maybe he also don’t understand how caricom works. Some ppl really should keep their mouth shut.

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  2. Bajan September 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Well done medical doctors and nurses.

    Waiting and see what the Royal Barbados Polic Force doing. I am puzzled why they were not among the first to land boots on the ground seeing they are a vital part of the RSS.

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  3. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell September 23, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Lolololol

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  4. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell September 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Well what little we have still willing to help

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  5. harry turnover September 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    “However, he lamented the fact that the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department had very limited function, as the institution had NO power, water, operating theatre, X-ray or CAT scan departments, laboratories or blood bank”…..so what are the Bajan Doctors and nurses going there for ?
    Doctors and Nurses both in Dominica and Barbados need those things to be operational and if those Doctors in Dominica cannot function without those how can the Bajans function ?

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    • Jennifer September 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      True. But someone did mention that the same staff was still on duty and needed relieving. The support from here will help. The psychi of staff is also to be considered.

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      • harry turnover September 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Jenny ,but they are of no help to themselves or the patients ,so tell me how are the Bajan Doctors and Nurses going to help ?and what about the other members of staff there ? don’t you think those in Authority there should be looking to see that those Doctors and Nurses are relieved and are you saying that the Bajans Docs and Nurses should go and relieved them not knowing if they themselves would ever be relieved in a place with NO WATER ?

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        • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 8:11 am

          Harry I know what you are saying. But do you remember when that contingency of Doctors went to help with the EBOLA virus in Africa a couple of yrs back. Or the Doctors without borders team. Medical people are trained to save life and limb. Put others first at times etc. Our doctors and nurses know that they have a home standing here and safe family. Some of those medical personnel don’t have safe homes and may be better suited to see after their personnel matters. We as a people need to BAND together to give where ever we can i.e water, medical stuff etc. A nurse or Doctor will perform an operation in a road if they have too. Medical people also functioned years ago without cat scans, xrays, MRI etc. It is like the computer taking over paper work. They will have to work like a blind man. Should be good experience for them.

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  6. Nyron Johnson
    Nyron Johnson September 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Very good!

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  7. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe September 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    omg

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  8. Bev Clarke
    Bev Clarke September 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    That’s great! In the time of need be there for your neighbour.

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  9. Rose Joie
    Rose Joie September 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The Caribbean ethos is help even when ya just got a little bit!!! Help even when the money was going to pay your light bill the Caribbean person find a way to help the person in need!!!!!!! That is how we do it. We are not foolish..

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    • VoR September 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I agree with helping but I don’t think people should burden themselves to help. If you have extra to give do so but not to the point where you don’t have money to pay your own bills.

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  10. Chew Soldadura Herrería
    Chew Soldadura Herrería September 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    God bless labor

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  11. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I say send the soldiers first. The place is not safe. The PM said it is a war zone.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

      They have already

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      • Bajan September 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        There is an almost total breakdown in law and order in Dominica. There are several reports of armed gangs roaming the country looting supplies and stealing from the innocent people. Hence the 16-hour curfew imposed by the government. The security forces on the ground there are totally overwhelmed. There is an urgent need for more security forces to assist with protecting the relief workers and their equipment. They have to also protect the arriving relief supplies, the transportation convoy with the supplies and the storage and distribution points of the supplies. They have to do all of that and at the same time protect and serve the people of Dominica at the individual and at the community level.

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  12. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer September 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Barbados involve in every way in the restoration of Dominica. Proud of my Barbados

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  13. Janel Howell September 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I give even when I am down and out.. went on my cupboard and pull out some thing

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  14. A friend September 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Generally, helping someone else requires inconveniencing yourself. Giving itself is a form of sacrifice. It is the act of transferring something of value from yourself to another, whether this be time, some part of your paycheck, or a pack of Eclipse. There is no idea of giving without the expectation of loss to yourself.

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  15. Keisha RS
    Keisha RS September 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    They need to stay at QEH n know there’s a shortage there

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    • Ashanti Padilla
      Ashanti Padilla September 24, 2017 at 2:10 am

      You know there are PRIVATE doctors and nurses in Barbados as well right?

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

      You that ignorant? You’d say that if this place was destroyed too???!!! Shame on you

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  16. H September 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Wait no further as they are currently on route.

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  17. Charmaine Gulstone
    Charmaine Gulstone September 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    That’s great

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  18. Davie Etwaroo
    Davie Etwaroo September 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    God bless you all!! it’s about Love and let’s share it❤

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  19. Ronald Callender September 24, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I am well pleased to read that Barbadians are helping Dominicans at this time of need in all sorts of ways. It’s truly refreshing to know that.

    Once we give from the heart, know what Solomon revealed in Ecclesiastes 11:1:”Cast your bread upon the waters,
    for you will find it after many days.”

    Once we give freely, we’ve sent a boat out to sea, so we can expect a boat to arrive for us when we least expect one.

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  20. Raenelle September 24, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I would gladly go.. how do i get around it?

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  21. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens September 24, 2017 at 6:59 am

    All I got say is we better don’t get a big catastrophe right now up there , but it’s the thought that counts get back safe and quick

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Take as long as it takes and thankyou for caring for sisters and brothers in Dominica

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  22. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne September 24, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Excuse meeéeeeee wunnah bout here ain’t even got enough nurses to cover QEH health system where the hell wunnah getting nurses to send down to Dominica? I just don’t believe this at all

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    • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Listen lady Sandy – EVERY AUGUST – SEPTEMBER a NEW batch of nurses and doctors graduate from the BCC/UWI and their QEH attachments. Not to mention health aids from the polytechnic too. Come on – this is about ADOPTING a caring/sharing spirit.

      And it is not that there is any shortage of Doctors and Nurses for the QEH, it is the f^%$ing government who is not hiring any staff.

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      • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

        We got nurses walking around in Bim unemployed. And doctors who got SCHOLARSHIPS TO CUBA being rejected from practicing in BIM. We dealing with a real F847 up situation in this place. And few can see it.

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    • Gina-Lee Parris
      Gina-Lee Parris September 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

      You serious right now? Have a little empathy please

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Wow well when a catagory 5 hurricane hits here how would you feel if someone elsewhere made such a disgraceful selfish comment that you’ve made!! Shame on you!

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    • Ivy Lewis
      Ivy Lewis September 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Sandy, no disrespect to the few good ones, but maybe the Ministry want them out.LOL

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  23. Jessie Hope
    Jessie Hope September 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Do your best and God will do the rest

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  24. Maria Downie-Wall
    Maria Downie-Wall September 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’m proud to be bajan
    Good job guys!! U doin a great job helping in such disastrous times
    You can always count on a bajan when in need
    Stay safe u all x

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  25. Niki Aquarius
    Niki Aquarius September 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Reading the comments on here wow ….just wow!!! I pray for bajans!!!…it is called HELP for a reason…. I see some haven’t been following what Barbados is doing… They can spare nurses and doctors …. When you aid someone its your choice to go ….they want to help and will in Gods name….

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  26. Velma Lovell
    Velma Lovell September 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Oh my God some of these comments here is very hurtful,proud Bajan

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Yes really selfish comments from clueless people

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  27. Dario K Alleyne
    Dario K Alleyne September 24, 2017 at 8:37 am

    As i read some of these comments i ask myself WTF wrong with some of yall..if some of yall had family and friends down there would you be singing this same selfish tune

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    • Jennifer September 24, 2017 at 10:02 am

      @Dario – Well said. This is what happens when a people history is DILUTED and UNDERMINED and FORGOTTEN. You trample your own.

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  28. Gina-Lee Parris
    Gina-Lee Parris September 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What a disgusting pack of so n so’s you people are! This is a wonderful gesture. Should we fall victim to the wrath of a hurricane, we too would want to show support. Sit down and count your blessings….after all…It’s only September. It could be Barbados next week. It only took 6 hours to wipe out Dominica. Please have empathy and give thanks.

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  29. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath September 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Blessings,may the peace and love and guidance,protection of God be upon all of you.
    I pray that you go and serve the people to your best God will strengthen and guide you in this task.
    God will take care of you.

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