Call for border hospitals
Dominican Medical Association (CMD) president Pedro Sing and Deputy Vinicio Castillo Seman say that health conditions need to be improved at the border with Haiti. In separate proposals they agree that Haitian women giving birth should be given the help they need but that the hospitals should be located on the border.
According to Sing, Haitian women give birth to 20% of all children born in the main maternity hospitals in Santo Domingo Province and the National District. Most enter the country illegally for the purpose of giving birth, or are illegal immigrants. He said the fact that there is no charge and that they are treated well reveals much about the humanity of the Dominican people and the authorities, especially the health sector.
However, he believes that the issue of Haitian births has to be the subject of bilateral talks and the state should remodel the hospitals on the border and build new ones to improve health services for local people.
In addition, housing for medical staff should also be built.
FNP deputy Vinicio Castillo Seman is proposing that the Dominican government build maternity hospitals on the border. Haitians would continue receiving free health services. He suggested building new hospitals in Jimani, Dajabon or Elias Pina, the busiest border crossing points.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
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