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Haitian hospitals in crisis due to fuel shortages

Haitian hospitals in crisis due to fuel shortages

Port-au-Prince, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Several hospitals in Haiti are currently on the verge of closure due to fuel shortage in this country, aggravated by the blockade of oil terminals by gangs.

The Bernard Mevs hospital announced the reduction of personnel and services available in the face of the current crisis and admitted it was unable to say when the institution, one of the most important in the country, would resume normal operations.

Last week, the Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs foundation, which manages three health centers, also warned that, due to the regular fuel unavailability in the country for several months, and the recent social unrest, its strategic reserves are almost depleted.

The foundation launched a cry for help to authorities to allow the replenishment of stocks and indicated that the hospitalization of 153 children, 47 pregnant women and more than 70 adults is in danger.

Earlier, public hospitals in the capital and Cap-Haïtien, the main cities of the country, were operating with difficulty due to the persistent fuel shortage, and the national electricity service is only available for a few hours a day.

On Monday, the United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that lives are being lost and vital services are at risk of being cut off, including for pregnant women, newborns and children, as well as people suffering from trauma and infections.

According to a statement from the agency, three out of four hospitals are affected, and some of them can no longer receive new patients while others are preparing to close their doors.

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