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Haiti - COVID-19 : Intervention of President Jovenel Moïse at SONAPI
In his speech, President Moïse recalled that these materials cost 18.6 million US dollars to the Treasury before specifying "I would like to clarify an information, it is that each plane has the capacity to transport 108 tons. Several planes have already arrived and the weight of the cargo delivered represents the equivalent of more than 70 platform trucks [...] All these materials are there to serve the Haitian people."
Before adding "On May 23, we will receive 2,500 oxygen cylinders and regulators. For the month of May, we will receive almost 90% of what we have ordered. The remaining 10% will be delivered by ship due to inspection problems in China.
"The Haitian people are not aware of the various problems that we encountered in the context of this operation. Although there were no planes available, we dispatched specialists to China to ensure the quality and availability of these materials and supervise the order."
"Today, more than 250 people are infected with the virus and we have recorded 20 deaths https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30783-haiti-flash37-new-cases-west-dept-epicenter-of-the-disease.html . This afternoon, I have a special thought for the parents of these people.
[...] We have many considerations for nursing staff. They represent heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic because they are on the front line: doctors, nurses, auxiliaries etc... I tell them that these equipments are there to protect you [...] I ask the Ministry of Health to make a rigorous management of each medical equipment and materials ordered with the money of the people [...] and to keep the eyes open permanently so that these medical materials are really to serve the people and to protect the medical personnel.
This medical equipment and materials will go beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular artificial respirators, 1,500 hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, etc... All of this equipment will remain to serve the population and strengthen the system. as well as vital signs monitors and biochemical analyzers who will continue to test across the country
[...] Today, we have 9 oxygen manufacturing units that have arrived. This will allow us to produce oxygen in each geographic department of the country.
[...] I recommend that you wear your mask. They cost money. The Haitian state has ordered 18 million masks. 14 million have been ordered from factories and the rest (4 million) are made by craftsmen.
According to the Minister of Commerce, by June 13, we will receive all of the masks ordered. Distributions of masks will take place at the rate of 2 to 4 million per week."
Before concluding, Moïse mentioned the money transfers promised to the most vulnerable https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30405-haiti-covid-19-moise-promises-food-to-1-million-families-and-cash-to-15-million-others.html "[...] I asked the Minister of Social Affairs to manage to make 75,000 transfers each week [...] The process is not easy because we did not have this habit [...] But we have passed instructions and all the managers are hard at work to deliver results [...] I wish that all the people living in remote and vulnerable areas can receive their money. » https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30670-haiti-politic-the-government-has-already-sent-3-000-gourdes-of-subsidies-to-22-888-families.html
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