The Dominica Labour Party has congratulated Dr. Carissa Etienne on her election to the position of Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
It also extended congratulations to Etienne’s family, home community of Massacare, the Ministry of Health, the government of Dominica, and Caricom for their role in her election.
The DLP said in an official press statement today that it was “especially proud of the leading role played by …Prime Minister Skerrit” in Dr. Etienne’s election
Dr. Etienne, who currently serves as Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization in Geneva, will begin her five-year term on 1 February 2013. She will succeed Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina.
The DLP said that Dr. Etienne’s election as Director of PAHO is a moment of great pride for Dominica.
“Dr. Etienne’s election to the top position of this hemispheric body, which is the oldest international organization focusing on public health, brings tremendous pride to all Dominicans and should therefore serve as a unifying moment for all of us” the statement said.
Thus in light of the celebration of Dominica’s 34th anniversary of political independence and “with a view to further cementing our bonds of nationhood, the Dominica Labour Party, calls on “all patriots and patriotic organizations to do the same”.