The Ministry of Health has responsibility for the provision and financing of health care services. We are also responsible for Urban Renewal and the regulation of the Health Sector.
Description and Organisational Structure
Central Policy Formulation & Health Administration is the coordinating body of the MoH, with responsibility for formulating policy and programmes, allocating and managing resources to ensure that the Ministry can deliver its mission and strategic objectives. This role includes, health care financing, provision of essential drugs, quality assurance, maintenance of physical infrastructure, human resource management and disaster management.
Primary Health Care provides the health services to the entire population through a network of 52 health centres and two district hospitals located across the country. Services include medical care, home visiting, family planning, maternity services, and child health including immunization, nutrition, health education, school health, mental health and dental care. Specialist staff from the Princess Margaret Hospital conduct ophthalmologic and psychiatric referral services in every health district.
The Princess Margaret Hospital provides curative and rehabilitative services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics, gynaecology, pediatric, neonatal, haemodialysis, psychiatric, accident and emergency care, referrals for overseas tertiary care, ambulatory specialist clinics and diagnostic services including radiography, laboratory and blood banking.
The purpose of the Environmental Health Department is to protect the health of the public through monitoring of the environment and instituting intervention measures to prevent negative impacts on health. Programmes include vector control, liquid waste management, solid waste management, water quality control, food safety, port health and occupational health and safety.
The Drug Abuse Prevention Unit coordinates all activities that provide education to reduce the use of drugs among the populace. Its main activities are peer counselling, training for students, teachers and parents, establishment of community based drug free clubs, training of community leaders, public awareness campaigns, alternative to drugs programmes and provision of information.
The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation is a statutory body responsible for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste.
The Health Information Unit is responsible for the management of health information and epidemiological surveillance of health services.
The National AIDS Response Programme is responsible for the coordination of HIV activities in the country in collaboration with other agencies.