Roseau, Dominica, February 19, 2018—On Friday, February 16, Sagicor Life Inc,
the leading insurance company in the Caribbean donated a fully customised,
mobile medical unit to the Government of Dominica.
purchased by Sagicor, in collaboration with Doctors In Our Circle, Ray Asta,
Ministry of Health and Friends of Sagicor, will support and respond to the
immediate needs of the people of Dominica post Hurricane Maria. Dr. Laura Espirit, Director of Medical
Services at the Ministry of Health spoke at the small handover ceremony. She
said, “Services that will be provided at the mobile medical clinic include
comprehensive medical screening, cancer screening, specialist clinics, HIV and
immunisation testing as well as general response to medical crises during
disasters, disease outbreaks and other activities of national importance.”
MEDICAL CLINIC READY TO ROLL: Dr. Laura Espirit, Director of Medical
Services for the Ministry of Health in Dominica, speaks about the services that
will be offered at the new Mobile Medical Clinic that was donated to the people
of Dominica by Sagicor in February. Also at the head table from left; Rev Fr.
Nigel Karam, Dean of the Roseau Cathedral; Ms. Cecilia St Hilaire, Doctors In Our
Circle; Mr. Brenton Hilaire, Agency Manager, Sagicor Life Inc; Dr. Laura
Espirit; Mr. Stephen McNamara, Chairman, Sagicor Financial Corporation;
Honourable Dr Kenneth Darroux, Minister of Health and Mrs. Cheryl Rolle,
Principal Representative, Sagicor Life Inc, Dominica.
for Sagicor Financial Corporation Mr. Stephen McNamara was present in Dominica
to handover the mobile clinic to the Minister of Health from the Government of
Dominica. He said, “This Mobile Medical Unit was outfitted and branded in Ohio,
driven down to the Miami port, moved onto a barge which first went to Jamaica,
and, a few stops later, drove off the port of Roseau.
extensive outfitting of the Mobile Medical Unit ensured that it contained a
wide range of facilities including, but not limited to:
Two examination rooms with
Fuel and Water Tanks
Refrigeration Unit and
A Wheel Chair Lift
INSIDE THE SAGICOR MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC: One of the examination rooms inside the Mobile Medical Clinic donated to
the Government of Dominica from the Sagicor Group. This Clinic will assist in
alleviating the health sector as it continues to provide service to the people
of the island which was affected by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
supported the acquisition of the bus from a financial perspective donating
US$100,000 to purchase. Mr. McNamara also revealed that Sagicor Life and
Sagicor General, both regional companies present in Dominica since 1968,
immediately mobilised their entire network of 4,172 Sagicorians across the
various territories following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
“The Sagicor Group also established a hurricane relief fund of over EC$500,000,
from which support was provided with the regional airline LIAT to airlift
persons to other Caribbean islands. Additionally, across the Sagicor network,
we collected and shipped necessities ranging from food and water supplies to
generators and made cash donations. The same was done by providing assistance
through Antigua and St. Kitts & Nevis to our other Caribbean brothers and
sisters in Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Martin where we operate as well.”
MEDICAL UNIT TOUR:Members of the Government of Dominica and the media
and other guests are taken through the Sagicor Mobile Medical Unit following
its handover to the Government of Dominica on February 16.
of Health Kenneth Darroux expressed gratitude to Sagicor, Doctors in Our Circle
and the other donors for their generous assistance. He said that the Medical
Clinic will support the medical needs of the island, particularly as the
country is currently conducting a review of the Scope of Works of the National
Hospital prior to beginning construction later this year.