The Health Category addresses all issues related to Health care in Haiti, starting with the availability of medical services for the Haitian population, where people can find health care in Haiti and also how to improve the system
Another casualty of the ongoing strike at the Hospital of the State University of Haiti (HUEH) by the Medical residents. A three year old girl who was taken to the hospital by her parents on Monday after feeling some discomfort in the night from Sunday to Monday, died for lack of care. According to the parents, their child remained in agony at the hospital for several hours and without any medical intervention before finally she finally passed away around 10:00 in the morning. The parent are convinced that an intervention from the doctors would have saved their child.
Would you believe this? A pregnant woman in an emergency situation in Haiti Capital was unable to receive the necessary help and as a result, both the pregnant woman and her unborn child end up dead. To make matter worst, they both died not because they did not seek out help, but she came in at the worong time, during a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff.
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That happened on wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the gate of Haiti State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest hospitasl just like an animal.
On Monday, April 2, 2016 the former Senator Jean Gabriel Fortuné stated that once he become mayor of the city of Cayes, he will eliminate all latrines there and replace them with flushing toilets. He wants his city to be the first in the nation that will allow separation between the people and their excreta. Jean Gabriel Fortuné currently doesn't hold any official position. He is still hoping to be heading the municipality of Les Cayes which has not happened so far. The CEP has not published the results of the municipal elections in the area yet; however if the plan to replace all latrines with flushing toilets is implemented this will revolutionize the health sector of the city.
What's wrong with President Privert? We just learned that the President was scheduled to travel to the city of Jacmel to celebrate its Patronal feast of Saint Jacques and Philippe as well as the festival of agriculture and labor but was unable to make it.
He was unable to make the trip due to health issues. That is what the Communication Office of the presidency announced. Presiddent Privert however, took the opportunity to wish all Haitian workers, to all sectors of national life, and to all Haitians in general, a Happy Feast of Agriculture and Labor.
A new research that just came out would confirms that it is no longer a death sentence for Haitians living with HIV/AIDS.
According to a research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, ten years after a free treatment program was introduced in Haiti for people infected with the HIV/AIDS virus, close to two third of the patients enrolled in the treatment were still alive. Out of 910 patients recruted at a Port-au-prince clinic, between 63 percent and 71 percent of them had survived 10 years.
The study found that the surviving rate in Haiti was similar to the rate found among gay men in the US who started antiretroviral triple therapy in the late 1990s
It's no longer a possibility. Zika virus has landed in Haiti. Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has confirmed cases of the the virus Zika in Haiti. Based on a lab test conducted recently in Trinidad and Tobago on 11 people in Haiti, the result confirmed that five of the Haitian blood samples tested positive for the disease. Zika causes mild symptoms such as fever, sometimes rash, conjunctivitis and headache. Zika can lead to birth defects and miscarriage to pregnant women. Three-quarters of people infected with the virus don't even notice it.
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Zika fever is an illness caused by the Zika virus. Its symptoms are similar to Dengue fever or Chikungunya but in a milder form and it usually last for four to seven days. The first known case of Zika fever was noticed on a ' rhesus monkey' in the Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947. The early evidences of human infection were reported from African countries such as such as Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt and Asian countries like India, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, etc. The virus is mostly transmitted by daytime active mosquitoes, but it can be sexually transmitted between humans as well.
Recently, on December 1, 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has circulated an Epidemiological Alert in the Americas. The PAHO has informed the early warning systems to detect 'Zika' fever. The specimens of mosquitoes usually responsible for carrying the Zika virus, including the specimen of Aedes mosquitoes, were collected by the Haitian Epidemiology Department, Laboratory and Research. When they were tested at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago, found negative. Nevertheless, in response to CARPHA's alert on the possible spread of the Zika virus, the Haitian health department has given a guideline for timely detection of Zika fever to the citizens and that follows: moderate fever, headache, pain in joints and muscles, non purulent conjunctivitis (red eyes), swelling of the feet and hands, and rash with itching. With an incubation period of 3 to 12 days, the virus can be noticed in the blood from the 2nd to 5th day onward. The infection is symptomatic only in 18% of cases. There is no antiviral treatment of Zika fever, only the symptoms can be lessened by treatments.
It's like dealing with Cholera which was a gift from MINUSTAH to the Haitian people was not enough. We also had recent outbreaks of Chikungunya, Dengue and our major health scare about Ebola. Still we now have something new to deal with, the Zika virus infection. As a result of recent warning by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) of cases of Zika virus infection in our region, the Minister of Public Health in Haiti has implemented early warning system to detect potential cases of the Zika infection in the Haitian population. Mosquitoes are considered to be the primary vectors of the virus. So far all specimens of mosquitoes, tested have turned out negative.
Some people would say that the solution to all our problems is in our head. Michael Wahl who is a 40-year-old missions pastor while in Haiti, witnessed the way a woman had to deal with her child's feces and thought there has to be a better way. Michael Wahl took it on his own to find a solution and came up with Reusable diapers help babies in Haiti .
Michael Wahl is a 40-year-old mission's pastor who has dedicated his life for ensuring healthy and sanitary living of the people in the developing nations. He has helped to bring filtered water in some of the poorest part of Haiti where there was no water or bathrooms. When he witnessed the unhygienic disposal of infants' fecal matter, he came up with an idea of reusable diaper and created 'DriButts Reusable Diaper' with his wife Starla E Wahl to help the children in the underdeveloped villages stay healthy. During his visit in last September, Michael Wahl, the founder of DriButts, has distributed 720 reusable diapers to 360 families in the villages in Leogane. Two diaper for each family-- enough to last an infant for two years. This would prevent fecal matter contamination of food and water and uncontrolled spread of diseases like dysentery, typhus fever, cholera, and typhoid.
Many Haitians are believer of "remed fey" or "bush medicine". They knew the use of cure-to-all medicinal plant Asosi or cerasee or corailee in English which grows all over South Florida, especially in abundance during the rainy season. It is also known as the bitter gourd or bitter cucumber in Asia, South America and the Middle East.
The magic healing power of this green plant with five point leaves is not a secret; it is known to many habitants of South Florida's Caribbean community. Cacheta is not alone; many inhabitants of Miami with Caribbean origin grow this magic herbal plant in their backyards and call it as the "King of the Forest". They do not consider it as an annoying weed; rather consider this as a remedy for just about every ailment.
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