Sunday, January 11, 2015

Haiti's New General Hospital Still Not Built Five Years After Quake

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Five years after a 7.0 earthquake damaged or destroyed more than 50 hospitals and clinics in Haiti, the heart of the country’s public health system is still struggling to recover.
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  • John A Carroll The photo above is the Pediatric Ward of the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. This Pediatric Ward is inside a large tent that was constructed after the earthquake five years ago damaged the old Pediatric Ward that had been built in the 1930's. The General Hospital is the only public hospital serving 3 million people in Port-au-Prince. And if you saw this debacle in person, you may not recognize it as a "hospital". Haitians go there fully expecting to die.
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  • John A Carroll Caterpillar tractors and bulldozers are currently knocking down old buildings at the General Hospital as dust, dirt, and debris fill the nostrils of patients and mothers as you see here. The mother's are the primary caregivers for their sick children.
  • John A Carroll OSF-CHOI built a new Children's Hospital and Emergency Department for 250 million dollars while they banned Haitian Hearts patients from coming back to OSF-CHOI. This embargo by OSF has been in place now for 12 years. A number of our patients have come from the General Hospital Pediatric Ward in Port-au-Prince. See above. Does this seem like ethical Catholic health care to you?
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