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iciHaiti - Health: The insufficiency of medical services pushes the pregnant Haitian in DR
26/02/2018 06:36:16

iciHaiti - Health: The insufficiency of medical services pushes the pregnant Haitian in DR
More than five billion pesos (more than 100 million US dollars) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21014-haiti-dr-more-than-5-billion-pesos-for-the-delivery-of-women-from-haiti.html are spent each year by the Dominican Government to meet the health care of a massive presence of Haitian  women who come to give birth in the Dominican Republic in the hospitals of Santo Domingo, Santiago and the border region.

The Dominican Ministry of Health is worried about the situation, stressing that reducing this pressure on Dominican infrastructure is unlikely because of the health imbalance between the two countries and the weak capacity of the health system in Haiti.

He points to several causes in Haiti responsible for this situation, among others: the lack of medical staff; the uneven distribution of medical resources as explained in a report of the Ministry of Public Health in Haiti (2017) which indicates that 80% of health personnel provide services in urban centers, to the detriment of the rural area where lives 50% of the population. For a population of about 10.7 million, Haiti has fewer than 1,000 doctors, 3,018 nurses, 115 hospitals and a capacity of 7,375 beds. Nearly 125 communal sections have no health facilities. With regard to access to private services, 80% of the population does not have health insurance.

The Dominican Ministry explains that only in the public system in the Dominican Republic, there are 15,170 doctors, 1,881 trainees, 3,698 nurses, 10,101 nursing auxiliaries, 191 hospitals (municipal, peripheral, provincial, regional, specialized and national), and more than 8,000 beds, in addition to 1,830 primary care units. In addition, there are 122 clinics that provide services throughout the country.

Attracted by free public services in the Dominican Republic, Haitian women move to the main maternity hospitals in Santo Domingo and the center and border hospitals during illegal trips organized by mafia networks..

According to the reports of the Dominican National Health Service (SNS) in the two main maternities of Santo Domingo "Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia" and to the Hospital and Infant San Lorenzo de Los Mina, which realized in 2017 a total of 20,926 births more than 25% were of Haitian origin or 98% of all births to foreigners (all nationalities combined); in Santiago the maternity rate is between 30% and 35% and in border hospitals up to 80%...

S/ iciHaïti

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