The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services in Dominica, in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Dominica, recently unveiled two state-of-the-art medical facilities: The Dominica-China Cardiovascular Imaging Centre and the Dominica-China Telemedicine Centre.

As medical innovations continue to advance, Dominica is proud to partner with the People’s Republic of China to boost health service delivery for its citizens.

Modern cardiovascular imaging plays a central role in clinical cardiology and has contributed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality from coronary diseases. Physicians leverage advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques to assess, diagnose, and assist in treating heart diseases. Cardiac imaging can be beneficial in diagnosing and managing several heart conditions, including:

• Arrhythmia

• Coronary disease

• Heart attack

• Heart failure

• Pediatric and congenital heart diseases, such as structural anomalies

• Heart valve disease

• Pericardial disease or heart disease

The Telemedicine Centre will offer remote clinical services, enabling real-time, two-way communication between the patient and healthcare providers using electronic audio and visual means. One of the significant advantages of this service is the convenience it provides to patients and practitioners by eliminating the need for a physical visit to seek medical advice or treatment. In many cases, it is also cost-effective compared to waiting to see a doctor or having to be referred to an overseas medical facility.

Notable attendees at the ceremony included Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica; Hon Hua Chunying, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China; Hon Cassanni Laville, Minister of Health, Wellness and Social Services; Dr Xiao Haipeng, Executive Vice President of Sun Yat-Sen University and President of the first affiliated hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University; and Ms Jennifer Astaphan, Chairperson of the Board of the Dominica Hospital Authority.

Also in attendance were His Excellency Lin Xianjiang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Dominica; the Honorable Dr Irving McIntyre, Minister of Finance and former Minister of Health, Wellness and Social Services; Miss Careen Prevost, Cabinet Secretary and other Cabinet members; Mrs Letitia Lestrade Wyke, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services; Dr Dexi Wu, Cardiologist; Dr Rachel Andrew, Cardiologist; Miss Nancy Francis, CEO of the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital; and Dr Ruby Blanc, Medical Director of the Hospital.

The launch of these two centers is a significant step towards elevating the standard of healthcare services in Dominica and promises enhanced and more accessible healthcare delivery for the country’s residents.

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