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Haiti – Health: The University Hospital of Peace on the front line

  • May 15, 2024
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Haiti – Health: The University Hospital of La Paix on the front line
15/05/2024 09:24:42

The Ministry of Public Health estimates that at least 39% of health structures with beds were closed during the month of April due to insecurity or looting in the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince. Among them, the State University Hospital of Haiti (HUEH), the country’s main public hospital, which has been unable to reopen its doors due to frequent clashes nearby.

On the front line of the health authorities’ response to the current emergency, the Hôpital Universitaire de La Paix (HUP) is the only public hospital capable of handling a large influx of patients. Dr. Paul Junior Fontilus, Director of the establishment, had to activate the hospital’s emergency plan to deal with the influx of patients with serious injuries.

Note that the HUP is supported by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO Haiti) which has already provided the HUP with several tons of medical products, enough to ensure the medical care of emergency and the operation of other services for the months to come. PAHO/WHO also provides fuel to supply the hospital’s generators with electricity. These actions were carried out thanks to the financial support of the Humanitarian Aid Service of the European Commission (ECHO).

A new ambulatory emergency room, a key element of the response “Since its inauguration [en décembre 2022], and even more during the current crisis, this new wing of the hospital has contributed to improving our capacity to care for patients. The outpatient emergency room allows us to effectively triage and stabilize patients, treat fractures and wounds and monitor the condition of those who need it in our observation area,” explains Dr. Fontilus.

Although its team has been bolstered by medical staff from the now-closed HUEH, HUP still faces a human resources challenge. Indeed, many of its employees are often unable to report to work in a context of tense insecurity in several areas of the capital, indicates PAHO/WHO

HL/ HaitiFree

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