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DCOA to introduce health insurance pilot for senior citizens – Dominica News Online

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DCOA president, Ophelia Marie (second from left) at DCOA news conference. Colin Bully (3rd from left) is sitting next to Ophelia 

President of the Dominica Council on Ageing (DCOA) Ophelia Olivaccé Marie has said that the council plans to create a pilot for a health insurance programme for senior citizens in Dominica.

Marie said at a recent DCOA press conference that the plan has already been endorsed by the council.

“The vibrant senior citizens are looking at a pilot for health insurance for seniors. It has already been endorsed by the council under the last President,” she said. “It is moving slowly but we are looking to link with partners locally and abroad to see if something can happen.”

Marie said further that there are challenges concerning abuse of the elderly on island and some are afraid to report it.

“Unfortunately, some of the seniors do not want to report on what is happening to them, because many times, the people who are being the abusers, are close people to them, family, those who are being paid to take care of them,” she explained. “Some of them get their hair pulled; some of them are told, ‘you are not going to watch Young and Useless today, forget about the programmes  you like’.”

According to her, some of the senior citizens are being asked to change their political preferences.

“They want to take them to the booth [polling booth] and when they don’t put the X where whoever brings them want, they are told that you are staying there; somebody will pick you up,” she stated.

Meantime, Supernumerary member of the DCOA, Colin Bully has identified loneliness as one the challenges faced by Dominica’s elderly and that, he said, has been a major concern.

“Their children – those who support them – are not doing a good job; they are abandoned sometimes…,” he remarked. Their biggest fear is that they do not have money to survive.”

Furthermore, he said there are a number of senior citizens in Dominica who own houses and land but they can’t go to the bank to get a loan, while the greatest fear of others he works with, he says, is having no money to be buried.





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Skerrit announces $70 million road improvement project for Kalinago Territory – Dominica News Online

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PM Skerrit addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Kalinago Territory

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that over $70 million will be spent on road improvement in the Kalinago Territory commencing in the first quarter of 2020.

He made the announcement during the council’s inauguration which was held at the Kalinago Barana Aute recently.

Skerrit said one understands the importance of the road network to economic prosperity.

“We are going to have a major road improvement programme here in the Kalinago Territory from Sineku all the way down to Pagua and we will spend about $70 million on that section,” he said.

According to him the funds are already available for that project.

“The funds are available. We have signed the loan agreement with the World Bank; they have done the designs,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.

He continued, “We are now moving towards the tender for this project and so that it will elevate and enhance the quality of the infrastructure in the Kalinago Territory.”





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Tropical wave to continue to affect Dominica during the next 18 to 24 hours – Dominica News Online

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A tropical wave is expected to continue to generate cloudiness with shower activity which could be moderate to heavy at times and isolated thunderstorms across the island chain, including Dominica, during the next 18 to 24 hours, the Dominica Meteorological Service has reported in 6:00 a.m. weather advisory this morning.

People in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise extreme caution during the period.

Meanwhile, another tropical wave located in the Central Tropical Atlantic currently has a moderate to high chance for development over the next two to five days. This system is expected to approach the area by late Thursday into Friday.

Residents are advised to closely monitor information on the progress of this tropical wave.

Moderate seas are expected during the next 24 hours with waves peaking near 8.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers, particularly on the east coast, are advised to exercise caution.





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United Workers Party to hold consultation with private sector and civil society   – Dominica News Online

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The leader of the opposition, Lennox Linton, has invited the private sector and civil society to discuss what is described in a UWP release issued today, as the apparent deterioration of governance in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The release suggests that the current state of affairs is evidenced by the lack of accountability for State finances, the refusal to facilitate electoral reform, the award of lucrative contracts to one company without due process and the politically motivated persecution, harassment and arrest of opposition politicians and private citizens exercising the right to dissent.

It adds that the purpose of the consultation is to apprise civil society and business organizations on Dominica’s worsening governance situation, listen to their concerns and discuss their recommendations on the way forward.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday September 17th, 2019 at the Public Service Union Building at 5:00 p.m.





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