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Haiti: only 3 operational hospitals in the metropolitan area

  • March 28, 2024
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Omni Hospital in Pétion-Ville / DASH. This photo serves only as an illustration of the article.

The United Nations Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed this Tuesday, March 26, 2024, that only three hospitals were operational in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, prey to bandit violence since the 29 FEBRUARY.

These three establishments, namely the Peace Hospital, the Ti Plas Cazo Hospital and the Elizer Germain Hospital, are encountering serious difficulties in maintaining the provision of essential health services to the population, deplores OCHA.

“This exercise allows us to have a clear vision of the health structures which are still functioning and which are in urgent need. In the metropolitan region, the Peace Hospital, the Ti Plas Cazo Hospital and the Elizer Germain Hospital continue to ensure a small number of care services in emergency delivery”, according to the assessment of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.

Difficulties in supplying health equipment are expected in the coming days, risking worsening the already precarious situation in Haiti, according to information relayed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Regarding gender-based violence (GBV), authorities report 250 cases for the first two months of 2024, of which 68% concern internally displaced people. Only 3% of victims receive medical treatment after these episodes of violence, mainly due to the shortage of medicines in the country.

Furthermore, at least ten suspected cases of cholera were recorded in the space of two days at the Lycée Marie Jeanne refugee center, again according to OCHA.

After being forced to close since February 29, 2024, the general hospital announced last week that it would resume its activities on Monday April 1, 2024.

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Ravensley Boisrond