The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, in collaboration with the Pan American health Organization (PAHO), is sending a Medical Mission consisting of 5 Mass Casualty Management trained Registered Staff Nurses to Dominica.
A release from the Ministry says this support from St. Vincent and the Grenadines through the Ministry of Health comes following the recent devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erica.
The Nurses left St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday September 5th for St. Lucia and were transported by boat to Dominica on Sunday September 6, to offer professional health care assistance to the people of Dominica. The storm triggered flash floods and mudslides on Aug. 27, killing 11 persons, with 31 more missing.
The Government of SVG and the Ministry of Health stand ready to continue to support Dominica in any way needed. The Nurses will provide technical assistance in the health care facilities and the emergency shelters established to house those displaced by the storm.
Dominica has been severely devastated, and according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit a preliminary assessment has found damage to basic infrastructure alone amounts to nearly half the country’s GDP.
These estimates do not include the cost to replacing some 371 homes destroyed in Petite Savanne.