Outreach program helped build hospital that treats over 100 a day

Outreach program helped build hospital that treats more than 100 a day

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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

BOUCAN CARRE, Haiti (WATE) - On the Haiti Outreach Program's first visit to the country, they found out there was no medical facility for the people in the community of Boucan Carre.

The program was able to donate money through a partnership with Partners in Health, a non-profit organization out of Boston, to build a hospital.

Haitians who live in Boucan Carre now get free medical care.

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The earthquake in January caused some damage to the hospital, so when members of the Haiti Outreach Program arrived they went there to check.

"Before when they had a problem with disease they had to stay here and die," said Patrice Nevil, director of infrastructure for Partners in Health.

After the earthquake, tents were put up outside the hospital to house patients. The tents were still up when the outreach program was there because many patients were too afraid to go inside.

The earthquake cased $55,000 worth of damage to the hospital.

The repairs done to the hospital will be paid off by donations from employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.     

Others in East Tennessee have also helped. Members of Church Street United Methodist raised money for a new water filtration system at the hospital.

Money was also donated to put solar panels on the roof. Solar energy is the main source of power for the hospital.
 
"We have plans to make it bigger," Nevil said. "We see more patients than before. We are thinking about building a maternity ward for pregnant women."

Each month, an average of 35 babies are born at the hospital. There's only one birthing room with equipment donated by people in Knoxville.

Doctors and nurses see 150 to 175 patients a day. The most frequent medical condition they treat is stomach problems.

The doctors and nurses who work at the hospital also live there in rooms on the second story.

Many of the employees travel from Port-au-Prince to work there.

The hospital also created a lot of jobs. There are more than 100 employees.

"Since you come, you can tell people who don't know Haiti at this point to find out how to help the people," Nevil said.

There are 26 beds available at the hospital, plus an AIDS clinic was built beside it.

Although much has been accomplished, donations are still needed to make this hospital even better. 

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