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Haiti’s hospitals face serious crisis due to lack of fuel


Haiti’s hospitals face serious crisis due to lack of fuel

Port-au-Prince, Oct 13 (Prensa Latina) A month after gangs blocked the distribution of fuel, Haiti's hospitals today face a serious crisis and most of them have reduced their services to a minimum.

Health centers such as Canapé Vert in this capital confirmed they only accept cases that do not require surgery because they cannot run the generator, vice-president of the institution Michel Théard told the newspaper Le Nouvelliste.

The Bernard Mevs hospital announced it is operating with a reduction of services, while the St-Luc foundation is in a “state of maximum alert,” its medical director Marc Edson Augustin said.

The day before, a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that the shortage of hydrocarbons limited access to basic services and medical care, amid a resurgence of cholera.

As of Tuesday, 266 people were suspected carrying the disease, while 18 had died in hospitals, according to the balance sheet of the Ministry of Health and Population.

In addition to the institutional deaths, there were nine deaths in prisons and seven community deaths, bringing the total to more than thirty.


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