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Haiti - Coronavirus : Important meeting at the National Palace
03/03/2020 09:16:16

Haiti - Coronavirus : Important meeting at the National Palace
Monday, March 2 at the National Palace, as part of the measures taken by the health authorities to deal with a possible introduction and spread of Covid-19 on the national territory, President Jovenel Moïse met with the outgoing Prime Minister , Jean Michel Lapin, members of his government, in particular Dr. Marie Greta Roy Clément, the Minister of Public Health, the Director General of Customs and the Director of Immigration, around the measures underway against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to share information on the development of the situation and the measures taken by the State to deal with a possible epidemic.

Moïse stressed the urgency and the need for his administration to act firmly to limit the introduction and spread of the virus and protect the lives of people throughout the national territory. He therefore asked members of the government to be open to all professional sectors and organized groups, public and private, in order to provide effective responses to the Covid-19.

Stressing the need to establish a task force with the private sector, the Association of Industries of Haiti, the Economic Forum, banks, media associations, journalists, deans of health faculties, school associations and health professionals, etc... the President of the Republic believes that the Coronavirus is not only the business of the government, but also of all Haitians.

The Head of State recalled the importance of the emergency meeting on Sunday (by videoconference) with the heads of government of Caricom https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30165-haiti-flash-first-case-of-covid-19-in-the-dominican-republic.html, around a memorandum of understanding between all the countries of the Caribbean. A conference which notably emphasized cruise tourism activities in the region. Note that in terms of tourist activities, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has already carried out actions in various places in the country, in particular at the Labadee cruise port where more than 700,000 cruise passengers call (2019).

Minister Greta Roy, for her part, was reassuring about the arrangements already made. She assured that Haiti followed the protocols of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) as well as that of Caricom and controlled all entrances to the country, airports, ports, as well as the 5 official border posts with the Dominican Republic "At the level of the official points of entry and on all the border region, all the arrangements were taken in order to ensure a rigorous control of the travelers," adding that an evaluation was in progress on other unofficial crossing points.

She indicated that measures had also been taken to protect public spaces with a high population density (markets, prisons, schools, universities, etc...) Explaining "institutions are prepared as well as trainers oriented through the departmental directorates. About 200 beds are available in different public and private hospitals. In addition, a monitoring unit has been created. A response and preparation plan is already in place and places equipped for the care of patients."

In addition, she informed that a meeting had been held between the Ministry and socio-professional associations in the health field with a view to adapting the PAHO/WHO care protocol, which started from March 3, 2020 with trained staff. Minister Clément also announced the preparation of a training course for journalists from the West Department around the coronavirus.

She said that since February 12, laboratory testing has been possible in Haiti, according to the minister, who recalled that the National Public Health Laboratory is already able to carry out tests to detect the coronavirus https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html ; adding that nurses have been trained and mobilized as well as a team of drivers, who will be deployed throughout the territory to transport the tests to the laboratory.

Finally, she recalled that an emergency telephone number was available (43 43 33 33) pending the availability of another free number to use in the event that a person returns from a country affected by the coronavirus or if a person feels sick or is in contact with a sick person...

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https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30165-haiti-flash-first-case-of-covid-19-in-the-dominican-republic.html
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https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30143-haiti-flash-health-alert-of-the-ministry-of-health-on-the-coronavirus.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30142-haiti-news-zapping.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30056-haiti-covid-19-training-of-agents-of-the-national-ambulance-center-at-the-international-airport.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30039-haiti-health-the-caribbean-and-latin-america-trained-in-the-detection-of-covid-19.html
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30010-haiti-flash-coronavirus-the-number-of-infected-and-deaths-explodes-in-24-hours.html
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https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29950-haiti-flash-the-ministry-asks-the-hospitals-of-the-country-to-prepare-for-the-coronavirus.html
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