Haiti: Mini-Hospital Introduced at Carnaval des Fleurs
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:48 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - For the occasion of the Carnaval des Fleurs, the Haitian government, through First Lady Sophia Martelly introduced a mini-hospital to provide emergency medical care to revelers of the three days of fat.
A statement from the Office of the First Lady gave context to the new dynamic for Haitian carnavals by pointing the situations at the National Carnaval in February of this year where some people fell to asthma attacks and needed on-site medical attention. The mini-hospital set up for the Carnaval des Fleurs was equipped with oxygen tanks for the public.
Three beds were available at the mini-hospital and material to treat maladies from headaches to injuries. A volunteer staff of 5 doctors, 12 nurses, 6 rescue workers and nursing students from the University of Notre Dame and three ambulances served as pharmacies and ready transport for severe patients.
Along with a mini-hospital, the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly, introduced Kafeteria Tet Kale, a meal truck that distributed food to carnaval-goers. 5,000, more than half of Haiti's police force, was mobilized specifically to provide security at the carnaval. During the planning of the Carnaval des Fleurs, the Haitian government said the cost of the event would be 65 million HTG ($1.6 million [US]). The Senate has made a request for a hearing with the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to infer further on the costs and results of the Carnaval des Fleurs.