Hijacked Generator – Haiti Hospital Reopens With Quick Help From US Supporters

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A new generator allows Sainte Croix Hospital in Léogane Haiti to reopen after a hijacking.

Group of people with a banner, marching down the street in protest.

Community marches in Léogane following the hijacking of a generator intended for the Sainte-Croix hospital.

Sainte-Croix Hospital in Léogane Haiti is reopening to patients now that power is restored.

HSC is the only medical facility in the region where a woman in need of an emergency C-section can find a doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

— Andrew Mayo, CEO and President MBF

HOUSTON, Texas, USA, January 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Sainte-Croix Hospital (HSC) in Léogâne, Haiti, suffered a double disaster last week. First, the hospital’s generator, its main power source, failed. Then the new generator bound for the hospital was hijacked by armed gang members before it could reach its destination. With no electricity except for solar power in the neonatology ward, the hospital was forced to close its doors to new patients and send all but a few neonatal patients home during the weekend.

A new generator was safely delivered to HSC yesterday and the hospital was reopened today thanks to the quick action of staff and supporters of the Houston-based Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF).

Hôpital Sainte-Croix served 22,000 outpatients and 2,000 inpatients in 2021. As other hospitals in Haiti closed in the face of gang activity and COVID-19, the HSC remained open. It has the only neonatal nursery in the region and has seen more deliveries per month in recent months than ever before. As the only hospital in the entire region where pregnant women can receive medical care, including cesarean section surgeries at any time of the day, the hospital is a vital asset to the community. When news of the hijacking broke last week, people marched in the streets to show their support for the hospital.

The Medical Benevolence Foundation has been a partner of HSC for six decades. Reopening the hospital was a top priority for the MBF team. Soon a replacement generator was located – the last in Haiti suitable for the hospital’s needs – and a police escort for the delivery was arranged. Believing the funds would materialize, MBF made the purchase and started the ball rolling for delivery. Monday evening, various people and foundations in the United States began to react. MBF has a page on its website dedicated to the hospital and hopes to raise the $75,000 it expects the total project will cost when complete.

“You never want to see the loss of the main source of emergency medical care for a region that is home to almost 500,000 people,” said MBF CEO Andrew Mayo. “HSC is the only medical facility in the area where a woman in need of an emergency cesarean can find a doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. the hospital.”

The Medical Benevolence Foundation will use the donations to cover the new generator and transportation costs, and any additional donations will go to a previously launched solar energy project. you can give to help the hospital www.mbf.net/give.

Donna Childress
Medical Charitable Foundation
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