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Haiti - Health : Sophia Martelly engages in the fight against malaria
05/05/2012 13:43:19

Haiti - Health : Sophia Martelly engages in the fight against malaria
Under the patronage of Sophia Martelly, the First Lady of Haiti, of the Global Fund to Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Florence Guilllaume, the Minister of Health, the Health Program and Information (PSI/Haiti ) has distributed, on Thursday on the place d'armes of Petit-Goâve, in the presence of the First Lady and of the Minister, mosquito nets to the population of Petit-Goâve in order to combat malaria in the area. Thousands of city residents, including peasants from the 12 communal sections, have warmly welcomed the First Lady and have received subsequently, a mosquito net.

Mr. Roland Justal, the Mayor of Petit-Gôave, gave the keys of the city to Sophia Martelly and welcomed the dynamism, commitment and valuable contribution of the First Lady, in the fight against malaria nationwide.

"Malaria is a chronic disease in Haiti, both in cities than in rural areas. We are committed to significantly reduce the number of people with this disease. We know the causative agents of malaria, such as mosquitoes. The best way to protect ourselves against these parasites is to use mosquito nets. That is why, we perform this free distribution of treated mosquito nets, intended to reach 80% of families [...] Public health is the business of everyone: farmers and city dwellers, have all the right to health [...]

In accordance with the vision of President Martelly to reduce or eradicate certain diseases, the Ministry of Health, will recover very soon, with the support from PSI/Haiti, the ealth officers, to train people and clean all sites conducive to the spread of mosquitoes [...] The current government is working to preserve your health and we count on you "
declared the Minister of Health who also deplored the critical condition of the Notre Dame Hospital in Petit-Goâve, and threatened to take action against any employee of that hospital, which does not fulfill its tasks properly.

Sophia Martelly, during his speech declared "[...] this campaign of distribution of mosquito nets that I aunch today, falls directly as part of the mission that I gave myself in my capacity of First Lady and as President of the Coordinating Committee Multisectoral National of Program global fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It is also linked to other activities that I support as 'Aba grangou', 'Manman ak ti moun an sante', 'Avek gwo jefo nasyonal pou tout ti moun an sante'. All these programs will allow the government Martelly to ensure that all Haitians have access to adequate health [...]

Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries of the region where malaria still exists [...] We must all together, to struggle against this disease, who today makes, many victims in our country [...] I asks to each beneficiary to make a proper use of nets that PSI will distribute [...] pregnant women and children, two vulnerable groups, are the first target. I am confident that with the cooperation of all, we will succeed to eradicate in 2020 the malaria in Haiti."

HL/ HaitiLibre / Guyto Mathieu (Correspondent Petit-Goâve)

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