Nearly 70% of the Haitian population do not have access to health care, according to Ministry of Public Health

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Thursday, December 21, 2017 Under: Health
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The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) presented the report of the 2016 health statistics at El Rancho Hotel on Monday, December 18th. This document presented to the technical and financial partners provides general data on the conditions and the state of health of the population. The statistics for the year present a rather bleak description of the country's health situation.

"The analysis of statistics for 2016 shows that the country continues to face major health challenges characterized, among others, by the predominance of both infectious and parasitic diseases and chronic diseases in the profile. general morbidity, limited access of the population to basic health services and low utilization of available services. Given the small budget allocated to the sector, the MSPP has very limited room for maneuver to run its health facilities and at the same time ensure the management of its priority programs, "concludes the 2016 statistics report that the Minister of Public Health , Dr. Marie Gréta Roy Clément, submitted to the assessment of the technical and financial partners of the MSPP.

The document was developed from data collected in the country's facilities, epidemiological surveillance results published by the Directorate of Epidemiology, Laboratory and Research (DELR) and using statistical reports and some priority programs.

The rdocument reports poor performance of the health system. There is low coverage of maternal and child health services and programs to combat major endemic diseases.

Only 31% of the population has access to health care. The scale of infectious and parasitic diseases has not declined. Acute respiratory infections, which largely affect children under five, continue to dominate the surveillance picture. The report points out that cases of diphtheria (a disease that resurfaced in 2014) gained momentum in 2016 by reaching all pockets of the population across the country. It is also noted that confirmed cases of malaria increased from 7,013 in 2015 to 13,189 in 2016, an increase of 88%.

In addition, compared to 2015, cases of diarrhea recorded in adults and children increased by 3.7%. Cholera cases have increased by 16% compared to 2015. Tuberculosis figures have dropped. The demand for care for chronic diseases remains very worrying that year. Added to all this, we also note that cases of kidney failure in the country abound. 659 new cases were reported only in 2016. Without reporting figures, the report notes that there is a high incidence of new cases of localized cancer in the cervix, breast and prostate.

In her speech, the Minister of Public Health explained that the figures should challenge us. "Every health worker must feel concerned by the problem of declining immunization coverage, the acute malnutrition rate that affects several hundred of our children to name just these indicators. The figures for maternal and infant mortality rates continue to decline, but you will agree with me that in terms of health, successes are ephemeral and can quickly turn into half-failures or even bitter failures. " she said in the presence of the Minister of Planning, Aviol Fleurant and donors ...

 Dr. Marie Gréta Clément believes that in order to offer universal health coverage through a primary health care offer, "we must rely on the establishment of a good monitoring and evaluation system that facilitates the monitoring of our health care. interventions to detect problems in a timely manner and take corrective action to resolve them."

Health authorities announce that arrangements will be made to define new health priorities and strategies and to update the MSPP's action plan for the 2017-2018 year.

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