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Haiti - Health : Soon a first hospital ship in Haiti
15/03/2011 12:23:35

Haiti - Health : Soon a first hospital ship in Haiti
The circle of reflections of Nations, a group of NGOs working for several years on the medical, via humanitarian barges, now intends to expand its operations in Haiti and soon to launch a highly specialized medical barge to Port au Prince, with the assistance of Team Haiti, the United Nations and the contribution of many governments.

Dr. Abel Bensaad medical doctor in charge of the committee of the hospital ship for Haiti explains :

"This hospital ship will provide a health technical platform, to meet the needs that are very very important in Haiti. The medical team will be composed of course, of physicians and it goes without saying that, in first, we will use the services of the Haitian physicians. It is very important for us because they are local, they speak the language, they know the country, but at the same time, we do not want to deprive the country of its physicians, that means we do not want take physicians on one side to put them on the other, we will bring physicians. The original idea is that there are among the Haitian diaspora, many physicians and we are going to appeal to them, if they want to come work with us on the barge, with all the skills necessary, the Haitian State will have its word of course. Because we want to bring a plus, we also bring other foreign physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pharmacists, etc... all these people will come to work and that will be a plus for the Haitian State [...]

The hospital to the beginning, since this is a first medical barge, of a series of four that will be distributed on the Haitian territory, will be polyvalent, there will be surgery, medicine, pediatrics, department mother-child with regard to obstetrics and gynecology and an infectious part. We believe that on the mainland, we'll have a hundred beds to treat the problem of cholera, but at the same time on the barge, we will have a hundred of polyvalent beds, that is to say that there will be intensive care, surgery, pediatrics everything like a normal hospital.

For cons, the medical barges that will come after, could respond more specifically to certain areas that our Haitian partners will ask us, we will adapt our future hospital, to the demands made by the Haitian people [...]

It goes without saying there is no question to under-pay, Whether a physician Haitian, French or an African physician... they are physicians. They will have the same salary.

We will take the physicians who want to come as volunteers, they are welcome, we will pay all in relation with the travel, food and even some compensation could be given as symbolic. By cons, if we do not have physicians, it goes without saying that we will hire qualified physicians, after that the Haitian government has agreed, because all that will be made on the barge, can not be done without approval from the Ministry to Health which is the only one to authorize the exercise on the territory or not [...]

Our budget includes from the start, not only the purchase of the equipment that will bring with us but also the operation for 3 years of this hospital ship."

HL/ HaitiLibre / Interviewed by Maha Fayek [United Nations Radio]

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