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Haiti - Health : Deplorable situation to the hospital Notre-Dame of Petit-Goâve
12/04/2012 15:00:47

Haiti - Health : Deplorable situation to the hospital Notre-Dame of Petit-Goâve
During an interview with Radio FM preference, Luke Francois aka "Louco", a notable well-known of Petit-Goâve, delivered the report on his visit to the Hospital Notre-Dame of Petit-Goâve, after the tragic accident of April 7.

"Following the tragedy of Saturday, April 7, 2012, I went to the Notre Dame Hospital, in order to inquire of the problems that cause the malfunction of this institution for several years. I checked and learned personally new things : no blood bank, the ER is not functional, it is dirty and gives off bad odors. I saw a few doctors of goodwill always present at work, especially those from the city and other young doctors trained in Cuba.

Very often, many people say that doctors assigned to this hospital do not work, I say it is wrong to say that doctors do not work, there is a shortage of doctors simply [...]

Moreover, from Monday to Wednesday, if a pregnant woman has a problem, they can not find a gynecologist at Notre-Dame Hospital, because the Dr. Jean Charles, comes every Wednesday and leaves on Thursday. Another doctor took over and also leaves the hospital on Friday and Saturday [...] Meanwhile, if a patient has a complication, it must be transported elsewhere.

For 5 years, the Notre-Dame Hospital which is the second hospital of reference of the Western Department, is deprived of anesthetist, surgeon and internal. Unfortunately, the Cuban surgeons have abandoned Petit-Goâveto the benefit of the community hospital of the community hospital of Grand Goâve as part of the Chavez-Castro program.

The Medical Laboratory lack of manpower, the number of employees is reduced to 2, while it was formerly 9. Only trainees come to the aid of this laboratory, which should operate normally 24/24. The pharmacy is almost empty and the courtyard of the hospital is poorly maintained.

For now, the Notre-Dame Hospital has only two regular doctors, Mr. and Mrs. Cayemithe working there for 25 years [...] They have 55 years of age and reached the retirement age [...] they suffer from hypertension since the passage of the January 2010 earthquake, they practically not working [...] These days, they stop coming, they should be replaced. The hospital has no head nurse, the one who plays that role, does not receive his salary, by cons, she works in an NGO...

Absent for several days, the Director General, Dr. Lesly Pierre Paul, did not delegate any power of decision to the administrator or the chief of staff. He acts always alone by excluding his close collaborators. He participates currently in training courses and it is not even lives in the city..."

Following this visit, Luc François asks the Department of Public Health and Population, to take all necessary measures to solve all the problems that paralyze the smooth running of the Hospital Notre-Dame of Petit-Goâve.

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

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