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State invests RD$5.3 billion in health care for Haitians

SANTO DOMINGO. The Dominican state is investing each year an average of RD$5.3 billion on medical attentions offered to Haitian patients, which is 10% of the general budget of the Ministry of Public Health, which is RD$53.3 billion and change for 2013.

Of 512.046 consultations offered to patients in the public hospitals of the five frontier provinces and their 15 municipal hospitals, the regional hospital Jaime Mota, in Barahona, and its four sub-centers, as well as in the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital, the Jose Maria Cabral y Baez in Santiagto, and the two maternity hospitals, the San Lorenzo in Los Mina and Nuestra SeƱora de La Altagracia, 38,309 were Haitians.

According to a report from the Department of Statistics of the Ministry of Public Health, emergency treatments were given to 28,694 Haitians and 8,613 were hospitalized.

The greatest number of attentions was given in Greater Santo Domingo with 14,629 consultations and 4,537 hospitalizations.

In the La Altagracia Maternity Hospital they registered 1,773 births to Haitian foreigners and in Los Mina, 1,580.

Regarding pediatric attentions, just in the Robert Reid Cabral they reported 2.186 consultations, 1,772 emergencies and 1,184 hospitalizations.

Besides these services, the foreigners receive services of surgeries, clinical analysis, transfusions, C-sections, vaccinations and birth control.

As a result of the earthquake that affected Haiti in 2010, the government spent RD$428 million in direct attention and other medical procedures.

In 2012, the statistics of the Ministry of Public Health register by health regions that in attention to the foreign population there were 220,682 consultations, 32.037 hospitalization, and 13,518 births.

Likewise, there were 5,534 surgeries, 323,323 clinical analysis, 4,275 transfusions, 4,727 vaccinations, 40,749 birth control consultations and 1,049 fatalities reported.


Marie Michelle Sanitlouis is one of the Haitian foreigners that are benefitted by the public health system, both directly as well as her three month old baby who she took yesterday to the vaccination center at the Los Mina Maternity Hospital, where the child was born, in order to continue his vaccination protocol.

Her son is one of more than 1,700 children of Haitians that have been born this year in the Los Mina hospital.

Sanitlouis has been residing here for seven years in the Villa Faro sector in East Santo Domingo, and with a smile she told Diario Libre how well she felt with the medical treatment that she received in her moment and that her son is now receiving.

She assured the reporters that she has never been denied attention and that she is well received in the sector where she lives.

Source: Diariolibre

Category: DR News |

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