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Haiti - DR : Towards the end of free deliveries for Haitian women in the Dominican Republic ?
09/03/2021 11:56:02

Haiti - DR : Towards the end of free deliveries for Haitian women in the Dominican Republic ?
On Sunday March 7, the former judge of the Constitutional Court, Dr. Wilson Gómez Ramírez, President of the Institut Duartiano in an interview on the airs of RNN warned that "the issue of Haitian women in labor, generated many problems for the Dominican Republic," recalling that in 2020, 31,000 Haitian women gave birth in Dominican hospitals or 28% of all deliveries carried out on Dominican soil, which affects the Public Health budget by more than 15%)

According to data obtained from the statistics department of the University Maternity Hospital Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia, since the beginning of 2021, the births of Haitian mothers have outnumbered those of Dominicans. 2,283 births were recorded, including 1,050 to Dominican mothers (47%), and 1,196 births (53%) to Haitian mothers.

The public hospital in Guayubín, a small town 42 kilometers east of the Massacre River, holds the record in the Dominican Republic where 9 out of 10 women in labor are Haitians

Recall that Haitian women come from Haiti to give birth for free in Dominican State health centers, through mafia networks made up of Dominicans and Haitians who trade in their service ...

In 2017 these Haitian Haitian deliveries cost more than 100 million US dollars to the Dominican State (Source Dr Nelson Rodriguez Monegros, Director of Information of the National Health Service (SNS) at the time - https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21014-haiti-dr-more-than-5-billion-pesos-for-the-delivery-of-women-from-haiti.html ) to which is added medical care for mothers and children for more than $60 million https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21694-haiti-dr-nearly-8-billion-pesos-in-hospital-care-and-services-for-haitians.html .

Dr. Wilson Gómez Ramíreza argued that the Dominican State could no longer bear these costs "This cannot continue, the country cannot bear this burden [...]" recalling "We made a public statement [end of February] and we said that we must establish tariffs so that all foreigners who use hospital services, pay for the services they receive "adding" in matters of childbirth, foreigners must pay as in all regions of the world [...] you go to any hospital in the country and you will find beds occupied by Haitian women, most of them illegal..."

He demanded that the Dominican authorities enforce the immigration laws which are not respected. In addition, Dr. Wilson Gómez Ramírez, asked the Dominican Government to demand that the international community join in the effort to build hospitals on the Haitian side.

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