GOAL has donated vital PPE material to Saint Antoine Hospital in Jérémie in Grand'Anse Department, northern Haiti, as part of its support against the fight against COVID-19.
GOAL presented a number of PPE materials including disposable capes, protective blouses, latex gloves and alcohol pads to the hospital, the main referral hospital in Grand’Anse, as part of its ECHO-funded Urbayiti Programme which is focused on improving the resilience and living conditions of the inhabitants in the city.
The first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Grand’Anse in May, three months after the first cases were announced in Haiti. This caused huge concern, especially amongst medical staff in St. Antoine Hospital which lacks the protective materials and equipment needed to help them support people infected with COVID-19.
Dr. Pierre Robert Azor, Executive Director of the Hospital Saint Antoine, thanked GOAL for the PPE donation, which he said will be a big help to the Hospital in their efforts to better cope with the virus: ”The Hospital is facing serious limitations in terms of protective equipment and materials, and this donation will be of great use.”
As part of the Urbayiti project GOAL plans to continue supporting the Saint Antoine Hospital by strengthening the emergency services, building five handwashing stations, and implementing a solar energy system in the main hospital entrance of the establishment.
This support is expected to increase the hospital’s capacity to reduce the risk of the spread of infectious diseases in key departments including maternity, internal medicine, the external clinic and the emergency department.