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PAHO Director calls for intensified health response in Haiti to reverse rapidly deteriorating COVID conditions

PAHO Director calls for intensified health response in Haiti to reverse rapidly deteriorating COVID conditions

PAHO is assisting with vaccine supply, scaled up testing, and increased PPE for health team. Some other set up in the Caribbean and Latin The US, pandemic quickens.

Washington, D.C., June 2, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Group (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that the COVID-19 response in Haiti could possibly perchance perchance restful be scaled up dramatically to contend with sharply escalating cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in fresh weeks.

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“We call on companions and organizations working in Haiti to urgently reinforce the response to COVID-19,” Dr. Etienne acknowledged at her weekly media briefing. “The country will need extra health capability, as successfully as enhance to include preventive measures required to curb transmission. Both would possibly be decisive in the coming weeks. There is just not the type of thing as a time to extinguish.”

PAHO is working with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population to scale up care for infected of us and increase offers of protective tools for health team. PAHO is collaborating to lower transmission by increased testing, which allows for identification and quarantine of infected of us.

PAHO could possibly also facilitate the upcoming supply of the main doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Haiti. The vaccines have been procured by COVAX, the international alliance to be certain that equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

“A extremely high priority is to offer vaccination to all frontline health team over 18 years of age,” Dr. Etienne acknowledged. 

She explained that the increased transmission is possible fueled by two variants of downside, (B 1.1.7 and P1) and because public health measures are “being largely neglected by the overall inhabitants. The difficulty we’re seeing in Haiti is a cautionary tale in factual how rapidly things can change with this virus.”

Turning to conditions in the remainder of the Caribbean and Latin The US, Dr. Etienne reported that rapidly increasing cases and deaths have nearly doubled in the main 5 months of the twelve months. “Wishful thinking won’t unravel this crisis,” she warned.  “We desire circulation.”

She acknowledged regional leadership could possibly perchance perchance restful be united around stopping the virus. “This pandemic has taught us time and again that leadership determines the effectiveness of a rustic’s response. Sadly, at some point of our keep we’ve considered misinformation about COVID-19 sow doubt on confirmed health measures, assuredly in the context of political disputes.”

Gain proper of entry to to vaccines urgently needs to increase, Dr. Etienne acknowledged. COVAX has already delivered 17.6 million doses to the keep, nonetheless the amount is no longer nearly adequate. Some low-income international locations are struggling to duvet even their health team and most inclined populations, she acknowledged.  

“Efficient vaccines are a beacon of hope in this crisis, and we should always always attain all in our vitality to stable more doses for all countries in the Americas,” she acknowledged. “Regional cohesion, including the donation of vaccine doses, would possibly be key to catch us by the fresh shortage of provide,” she continued.

And all individuals need to adhere to public health measures comparable to wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands. Increased mobility between and within international locations and rest of the measures have created the “superb setting” for the unfold of the virus and its variants, Dr. Etienne acknowledged.

“PAHO is doing and could possibly perchance perchance restful continue to attain its segment to enhance the response to the pandemic in the Americas, grounded in science and cohesion,” she acknowledged. “But we can’t attain this by myself. We desire leaders to prioritize the alternatives required to stop this virus in its discover.”

She also addressed the pandemic’s toll in the past week. Conditions and deaths have begun rising in Central and South The US and the Caribbean after plateauing or decreasing for weeks.

Central The US is reporting the superb alternative of deaths. Infections are increasing in Panama, Belize, and El Salvador, the set up fresh cases have doubled in the closing seven days.

In South The US, Colombia is reporting the superb price of infections in South The US. Brazil is also seeing an increase in fresh infections and hospitalizations. Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile continue to legend an increase in cases.

Many Caribbean islands, including Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic, are reporting a surge in infections.

Over the closing week, international locations in the Americas reported 1.1 million fresh COVID-19 cases and over 25,000 deaths.


Daniel Epstein 

Nancy Nusser 

Sebastián Oliel

Ashley Baldwin 

Nadia Peimbert-Rappaport 


PAHO Director calls for intensified health response in Haiti to reverse rapidly deteriorating COVID conditions