Government has spent between five and six million dollars to assist victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
This was revealed by the Chairperson of the Social Services and Welfare Ministerial Committee, Hon Justina Charles.
The Social Services and Welfare Subcommittee was appointed by Cabinet to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation exercise.
Hon Charles outlined some of the duties of the subcommittee.
A team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank is impressed with Dominica’s response to the global Zika emergency.
The team visiting for a week is here to conduct a Rapid Needs and Cost Assessment of Dominica’s healthcare systems as it relates to managing Zika.
On Monday, July 18th, staff of the Ministries of Health and Finance met with the team for tabletop exercises as part of the assessment.
The Ministry of Health and Environment wishes to inform the general public of a laboratory confirmed case of Zika Virus infection in Dominica at this time.
The following is a statement from the Hon. Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux:
Government has received more funds for the island’s recovery following Tropical Storm Erika.
On Tuesday, December 29th, Dominica’s Canada- based Trade and Investment Commissioner, Frances Delsol presented a cheque of CAD $75,000 to Hon. Acting Prime Minister and Acting Minister for Social Services, Justina Charles.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has gone one step further in its commitment to construct a new hospital for the people of Dominica.
At a press conference on Friday, November 13th, Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit informed that all systems are go while the Chinese Government is in process of tendering a contract for construction to begin.
Persons in communities greatly affected by Tropical Storm Erika are getting some much needed support when it comes to substance abuse.
Since the passage of the storm, the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit has gone into the hardest hit communities to bring vital information on substance abuse and trauma.
Coordinator of the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, Jacinta Bannis says so far they have visited the communities of Petite Savanne, Fond St. Jean, Bagatelle, Good Hope, Colihaut and Dublanc.
Dominica continues to benefit from relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil.
The most recent initiative was a donation of medicines and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, October 14th.
Over $23,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies were gifted to Dominica by the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Dominica, His Excellency Jose Marcos Viana.
It is not the first time Dominica has received aid from Brazil following natural disaster. Last time was in 2007 following Hurricane Dean.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs is making plans to deal with social issues which could arise as a result of Tropical Storm Erika.
Director of the Bureau, Kyra Paul says issues will be handled primarily through education and awareness.
A course which started on August 25th to train community members to respond appropriately to emergencies has come to an end dispatching 28 repurposed individuals back to their communities.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programme targeted south-east responders this time with support from the GEF Small Grants Programme, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency(CDEMA), the Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities and the local fire service.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs is announcing a shift in its work plan after Tropical Storm Erika.
On Tuesday October 6th, Acting Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Kyra Paul told GIS News that since Tropical Storm Erika, the bureau has had to make several changes.
Paul says shelters will be incorporated into the bureau’s Social Mobilization Campaign.
That campaign was set to be launched in September and was made possible through a $162,000 donation from UN Women to target the youth, the community, the church, victims of gender-based violence and others.
The Ministry of Health and Environment has confirmed an outbreak of gastroenteritis on the rise since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson, confirmed a total of 153 cases from August 28, 2015.
The most affected areas are the Portsmouth, St. Joseph and Roseau health districts.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson says since Tropical Storm Erika, the risk of the public’s exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses disease is real especially with the increased use of water storage containers.
“A lot of us have to store water in drums and sometimes these drums are not covered which increases the chances of mosquito breeding. We are monitoring this very aggressively and are intensifying the source reduction campaign specifically the Aedes Egypti mosquito,” he said.
He listed dengue and Chikungunya- the latter which nationals know all too well.
The Rotary Club of Dominica has shown up in a big way for one survivor of Tropical Storm Erika.
On Monday September 21st, the Rotary Club presented a cheque of 2,180€ to have Santony Lazare airlifted out of the country to receive critical medical attention in St. Lucia.
Lazare, originally from Petite Soufriere was at work on a farm at Rosalie Estate where he sustained injuries during the passage of the storm.
Lazare spoke of his August 27th ordeal.
Many people do not see themselves needing mental health services after a disaster. However, the emotional wellbeing of trauma victims is essential.
This is why the Mental Health Team of the PMH’s Psychiatric Unit led by Chief Psychiatrist, Dr. Griffin Benjamin has been visiting communities across the island tending to those most affected by Tropical Storm Erika.
GIS News spoke with Dr. Griffin Benjamin in an exclusive interview on Wednesday September 16th.
He says the mission has been doing its work in group settings.
UNICEF St. Lucia, in recognition of the plight of Dominica’s youngest, has dispatched a seven member team which will be on island for ten days to conduct a physchological recovery program called ‘Return to Happiness’.
The team will be collaborating with the local Child Abuse Prevention Unit.
Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille-Lewis explains the objective of this program.
An eight member team of trauma specialists from the Massy foundation of Trinidad and Tobago is on island to provide support for citizens affected by Tropical Storm Erika.
Team leader, Wendell de Leon says since their arrival, his team has been all over the island visiting affected areas.
“We have been to a number of places besides the shelters. We have had community groups and determined the extent of the trauma and have been able to help the people articulate the pain and hurt.”
The team is collaborating with the local mental health team.
While several organizations are focusing on bringing financial and other forms of physical relief to Dominica, post Tropical Storm Erika, the Dominica Spa Health and Wellness Association (DSHWA) is concerned about bringing emotional wellness.
The association has solicited the assistance of the Trinidad-based, Centre for Human Development Ltd to provide direct intervention and to train individuals to offer counseling to those who need it.
According to clinical psychologist, Valini Ramnarine, topics included pre-assessment and psych-evaluations.
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has donated four tonnes of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health in Dominica.
The supplies arrived on island on Wednesday September 9th at the Douglas_Charles airport.
Thais Dos Santos is Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Advisor at PAHO.
She said, “These are supplies which were in Haiti. We were able to transport them tot he Dominica Republic and their air force has kindly offered to bring these down to assist in the response.
The Ministry of Health has raised concerns over health issues that can occur following disasters like Tropical Storm Erika.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson says the Ministry is concerned about water-borne diseases.
“We know that there is a scarcity of water on the island with some communities more affected than others. There are some diseases that are water-borne and can cause gastroenteritis, vomiting and diarrhea so we are concerned.