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Haiti - Health : Launch of the Carte Rose «Konbit Solidarite» of social security
29/05/2012 08:52:57

Haiti - Health : Launch of the Carte Rose «Konbit Solidarite» of social security
The President Michel Martelly, proceeded, Monday, May 28, at the inauguration of the new physiotherapy department of the hospital OFATMA (Office of Insurance Work Accident, Sickness and Maternity) at the Cité Militaire, to the officially launch of the Carte Rose "Konbit Solidarity", a free health insurance card, valid for one year, which will facilitate the access for Haitian families to health care of quality.

"It is the appropriate time to recall that in the mandate given to the OFATMA in 1967, health insurance in favor of working men and women, of workers of the formal sector was planned, but was ignored for 45 years [...] I'm here to send another signal of hope to the people, we are here this morning to launch the health insurance card, for parents, children, boys and girls. It is not normal for someone who is ill, can not go to the doctor because the treatments are too expensive, it is not normal [...] the health insurance card will be distributed to 400 workers and their families, so about 2,000 people will benefit from it. It will be valid for one year, and recipients will have it for free We are working on this card to understand how much it will cost the State, to be able to put a price on it in the future. We are in the experimental phase [...] we chose to work with people who work in the handling of luggage at the airport [300 people of the service 'Red Caps'] and we will add 100 people from the informal sector, merchant, various workers with their families. This first group will serve as a pilot group, which means that we do a test to see how it will work. Once the OFATMA have tested the Carte Rose, and that it works the way we want, at this point, we can give this card to a department, then two, three... until we gave the card at national level [...]"

The Health Card holders will benefit from preventive and curative care in dermatology, surgery/trauma, Obstetrics/Gynecology, ENT, ophthalmology, internal medicine and pediatrics through the following hospitals :

  • Hospital of the Communauté haïtienne to Frères ;
  • Hospital OFATMA in Cité Militaire ;
  • Hospital of Diquini to Carrefour ;
  • Hospital of Fermathe to Kenscoff ;
  • Hospital La Paix to Delmas 33.

"The Health Card, will address a special need, individual in health for households, fathers with lower average, and will enable them to meet the requirements of health," said Mr. Ronsard St-Cyr, the Minister of Social Affairs, who congratulated the President Martelly for his commitment to the Haitian people.

Over 60,000 consultations are carried out annually at the outpatient clinic of OFATMA, indicated Charles Jean Jacques, the General Manager of this hospital, announcing the presence soon of the OFATMA to Caracol.

"I appreciate that the OFATMA works to, not only to fulfill its obligations to those whose it is directly responsible, but that it opens to the society in general, to help solve serious social problems. I am mindful of its presence in the North and its plans to set up hospitals in other departments of the country. I want to publicly give my support to the OFATMA on behalf Haitian people," declared the Head of State adding that "Gradually, we move forward. The objective is to enable all Haitians to find health care as they are sick. As for the free education program where we work to send all children to school, we fight for that every son of Haiti fully enjoy their right to health by the end of my term."

The President Martelly, reiterated once again that he will never cease to take specific action designed to improve the living conditions of the population.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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