MSF opens new emergency health clinic in Haiti

A man stricken with cholera waits for relatives to visit at a cholera treatment centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Port-au-Prince October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Swoan Parker

10 Apr 2012
Source: alertnet // Julie Mollins

LONDON (AlertNet) – Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has opened a new emergency trauma, orthopaedic and visceral surgery referral centre in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, the medical aid charity reported on Tuesday.

The surgical referral centre is the third emergency treatment facility opened by MSF in the capital since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country in January 2010.

The 107-bed Nap Kenbe, or Staying Well, centre was completed in February this year to treat trauma related to falls and road accidents, and victims of violence, such as beatings, assaults and bullet wounds.

Its official inauguration will be celebrated on Wednesday in conjunction with Haiti’s health ministry.

“MSF is now supporting the Ministry of Public Health and Population with 600 hospital beds in Haiti for emergency care,” said Gaëtan Drossart, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti.

“This is still far from adequate, but is nevertheless an advance.”
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