The Dove Club Officially Launched
The Club which will receive assistance from the World Pediatric Project is chaired by Sharena Jno Baptiste.
Currently the Club has a membership of 15 which continues to increase daily, with the dissemination of the Club’s positive and life changing projects.
She said with this Club, there is hope for children and youth in need of critical pediatric care.
Meanwhile, Jackie King Brown, Eastern Caribbean of the World Pediatric Project Representative praised the Health Minister Honourable Julius Timothy, for being very much interested in the World Pediatric Project for Dominica, hence the reason for the partnership.
“You need a link each island”, she noted.
Brown is also advising parents not to seat and wait for help from the Government to assist their children, as it is not their mandate to do so but can choose to offer assistance.
The project can provide assistance for persons up to the age of 21 in areas including; neonatology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and cardiology.
The Ministry of Health in Dominica established a relationship with the Project in 2008, and formalized in with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011.
According to the Health Minister, Honourable Julius Timothy from 2008 to 2013, four children received surgical care as hospitals in the United States at a cost of EC $1.78 million dollars.
He also added that from 2008 to 2013, 183 children and youth received medical care in St. Vincent or in Dominica – 34 procedures including surgeries at a cost of EC $7 million dollars were performed.
Anyone with information on any child age 0 to 21 who need care that cannot be provided locally, the Minister is advising them to contact any member of the Dove Club, so they can aid in that regard.