Number of Haitians coming to give birth for free doubles
Medical records show that 1,849 Haitian women have given birth in the public hospitals of San Juan de la Maguana and Elias Pina in the first eight months of the year, which is twice as many in the same period in 2013. Ministry of Public Health records report 809 Haitian births for that period in 2013.
As reported in El Nacional, 24 Haitian mothers gave birth at the Alejandro Cabral Public Hospital in San Juan in 2013. This compares to 289 in 2014.
At the Rosa Duarte Public Hospital in Comendador, Elias Pina some 424 births to Haitians were recorded in 2013. In 2014, there were 773.
A total of 63 births to Haitians were registered at the Hondo Valle Public Hospital in 2013. In 2014 this increased to 164.
200 Haitian mothers gave birth at the Banica Hospital in 2013, but in 2014 this had increased to 376.
The medical authorities say they do not know who is transporting pregnant Haitian women to the public hospital emergency rooms to give birth. These health services are free. Doctors complain that the women often arrive with health complications and are difficult to treat because they have not received any antenatal care and do not have medical records.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
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