Dominica’s Former Health Minister John Fabien has died after a long battle with cancer.
Fabien who became the Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay constituency following the death of Pierre Charles in 2004, died this afternoon at the Princess Magaret Hospital.
He was replaced by Justina Charles, the wife of Pierre Charles at the last general elections in 2009.
Before taking office, he served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health for a number of years.
Just last year, he received the Sisserou Award of Honour; the highest civilian award on Independence Day.
General Secretary of the Dominica Labour Party Edd Registe says Fabian will always be remembered for his concern for the health care of people.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the passing of the late John Fabien is a sad loss for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the community of Grand Bay.
Fabien, the county’s former Health Minister, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer.
According to the prime minister, Fabien has made a significant contribution to the development of the country and his work will be recorded throughout history.
“I have known him for well over 30 years and he worked extensively in primary health care and in environmental health. He is well known for his contribution in that regard,” he said,
Prime Minister Skerrit said Fabien was a very strong and committed member of the DLP.
“Government had the opportunity to recognize his efforts nationally when we bestowed upon him, the Sisserou Award of Honor. It was in recognition to his sterling contribution towards the development of Dominica,” he explained.
The prime minister said Fabien will receive an official funeral.