Some help groups are not sure it's safe enough to fly in Haiti. Others have already canceled trips. And Haiti's public hand is running low on water.
Even in the best of times, the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince does not have running water.
But since violent protests and flaming roadblocks erupted in major cities around the country a week ago, the facility, which usually sees anywhere from 400 to 500 patients, has Saturday a Molotov thrown cocktail in its yard.
No one was injured, said Dr. Jessy Colimon Adrien, the hospital's executive director. Aimed at the last refuge for the capital's poor – the emergency room.
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” There is a lot of frustration because a doctor's mission is to save lives, “she said. “[But] we can not take any more new patients.”
With Haiti in the throes of a popular revolt over A president's legitimacy, the violent unrest is on the road to a major roadside crash, and the roadside shuttles on highways and roads. US citizens: “Do not travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest.” The Department of State also ordered the departure of all non-emergency US personnel and their family members.
I'm a “Dr. Winfred S. Tovar, the founder and executive director of Mimsi International, said:” We do not have a lot of experience in rural women and rural women. mobile pregnancy clinic.
Tovar said the group has already seen the impact of one of their patients in St. John's South, where several roadblocks and violence in the city have made it impossible for patients to access hospitals for care. One patient who had a premature delivery at home with the baby. The condition caused a massive stroke paralyzing her right side.
“She can not breastfeed anymore, and her baby is starving. There is no way for the baby to get the baby's needs, “Tovar said. “
They include a 13-month-old born with a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart and a 1-year-old without an anus awaiting lifesaving surgeries. So far, their chances look bleak as the situation is having ripple effects in the United States, where they are not sure what to do, and others cut their visits short.
“Dr. James Wilentz, the co-founder of Haiti's Cardiac Alliance, said,” We have been doing this cause of suffering and suffering. patients in the country. This is the first time we've had a mission, leaving kids untreated. “
On Sunday, after completing the first two of 15 heart surgeries on children who had been waiting for the group, Wilentz's team of volunteer They found themselves flying on their van, escorted by armed security, swerved around fiery roadblocks along the Boulevard of the US Embassy in Tabarre. Uncustomed to the volatility, many people had visited Iraq, said Owen Robinson, the charity's co-founder.
“I do not feel safe; This is not what I signed up for, 'you have to respect that,' “Robinson said.
After selecting two of the most urgent cases and surgeries the next day, the volunteers of the next day, the volunteers and their equipment and the aborted mission. – including Godkenson Normil, the 13-month old who could not be operated on the subject of the procedure required for the treatment of the elderly.
“I am going to be so angry if one of those kids dies because of this, “Robinson sai
Said WIlentz: “[It’s] Such an irony that the failings of government, which require NGOs to compensate, are now compounded by the failure to protect the very NGOs who fill the roles the government should normally play. “
Dr. Chad Perlyn and his three volunteer plastic surgeons did manage to finish all 26 of their surgeries on children with complex facial deformities. But it was not until they were forced to break some of the surgeries to work on the police and protesters wounded by last Thursday's gunshots.
Protesters in the town of Mirebalais had turned on police and tried to force themselves into the police station.
“When we landed, we heard” May we be problematic, but I do not think anyone is going to be there. A real issue, “said Perlyn, a reconstructive and craniofacial pediatric surgeon at Miami's Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
But as the surgeons headed back to their hotel that Wednesday, Feb. 6, they saw roadblocks going up. On Thursday morning, things appeared to be unventful. Then chaos erupted after a woman was killed by a truck driver and protesters turned their anger on police in the area.
“I counted 11 gunshots,” Perlyn said. “The local staff was running one operating room and we were running a second. I was super proud and were able to help many of the protesters and police who were injured. “
Somehow, they were managed to stay away from their surgeries, and with a visiting group from Yale University, were escorted back to Port-au-Prince, where they were taken to a safe house by
“I've been to Haiti so many times, it was such a remarkable trip in terms of training and teaching, and watching our plastic surgeon fellow because there is only one plastic surgeon in the country, “Perlyn said.” You wa That frustration and desperation going on outside of this teaching hospital. It was such a stark comparison. That's what defines Haiti, that dichotomy. “
Concerned about the deteriorating situation, the National Federation of Haitian Mayors on Thursday issued an appeal to the opposition and protesters to allow for a humanitarian corridor so that ambulances, water trucks and other medical aid can get through to those in need. Haitian Prime Minister, Jean Henry Céant, confirmed to the Miami Herald that he was being pressured by President Jovenel Moses to Resign
“I will not resign,” he said.
Céant did not say why he was being pressured, but political analysts believe that by pushing his prime minister to step down Moses hopes for his own resignation by Haitians angry over the inflation, corruption and the devaluation of their skyrocketing currency.
In a prerecorded seven-minute speech Thursday night, Moses appeared to blame Céant for the deepening economic and political crisis while deflecting any responsibility. He reminded Haitians in his first addresses of the protesters that he was following the fuel in July, he thing, to form a presidential candidate who ran against him, to form a new government. The ricots, Jack Guy Lafontant.
“Five months later, the crisis has become worse and threatens the foundation of the country and can have a lot of consequences on the country,” Moses said.
At times combative, Moses, who once appointed the president Guy Philippe has been a member of the Public Security Commission in Haiti, and has been called to fight against drug traffickers. Reiterating his call for dialogue with the opposition, he did not want to be satisfied with his position on the negotiating table. Nor did he offer any solutions to the country's economic woes.
“We have had a lot of transition, which has produced nothing but disaster and disorder, which has not served the country well. the State became weaker, the lives of people degraded daily. You want to do the same thing every time? “Moses said. “I want you to understand that you and I, our destinies are tied to each other. Open your eyes. I have the determination and courage to continue to work to your living conditions. “
Minutes after the speech ended, Port-au-Prince was once again flames with reports The eighth consecutive day of what has been dubbed “Operation lock down Haiti.” Both Canada and the US also issued their travel warnings soon after.
With anxious Haitians remaining holed up in their homes for the sake of running angry looters or angry demonstrators, the embassies of the United States and Canada have been closed. Meanwhile, the United Nations in New York, which is in the process of downsizing its presence in the country, called for the national stakeholders to de-escalate the situation through dialogue and to identify realistic solutions to restore public order within the country's framework constitution. Haitian officials have informally asked in Port-au-Prince for an increase in the number of foreign police.
This article is only available in the language of the French text. -au-Prince. A previous version said the request was made of the U.N. in New York and turned down.