Dr. Paul Ricketts
Dr. Paul Ricketts

Roseau, Dominica, Friday, March 24, 2016—The Government of Dominica has engaged Dr. Ranford Paul Ricketts as Special Advisor on Health and Ambassador-at-Large, the Prime Minister's Office reported today.

In the new special assignment, Dr. Ricketts will help to develop appropriate strategies that will strengthen the health care system in Dominica especially on matters pertaining to the delivery of care services.

As the new Special Advisor on Health, Dr. Ricketts will also perform several other duties under the directives of the Minister for Health and Environment and the Cabinet and work in close liaison with the Permanent Secretary in that Ministry; including but not limited to reviewing policy proposals; monitoring implementation of policy decisions; undertaking research and advising on matters that have far-reaching health policy implications and assisting in negotiations for mobilization of local, regional and international resources for the strengthening of healthcare in the State.

Dr. Ricketts holds an MBBS from the University of the West Indies and an MSc and DLSHTM from the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine. He has been the National Epidemiologist in Dominica since 2001; an essential area of health, which is a method used to find the causes of health outcomes and diseases in populations.

Dr. Ricketts has been employed as a medical officer in Dominica since 1986.

His appointment took effect in February, 2016.