MSF has established a total of 14 isolation beds in its emergency care facility in the Martissant neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, and in two Ministry of Health facilities that we support in Port-à-Piment and Port-Salut. In the three structures MSF has implemented triage, training on infection prevention and control protocols, and installed additional handwashing points, latrines and emergency showers. We also provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff. Lastly, suspected COVID cases can now be transferred by ambulance to appropriate hospitals via a dedicated referral system.
In Drouillard Burns Hospital all burns admissions have been stopped. In MSF’s Emergency Centre in the Martissant, new systems have been introduced in order to isolate and refer COVID-19 suspect cases, including a separate patient and staff flow, dedicated triage, and five isolation beds.
In the south, MSF has supported two public health facilities (in Port-à-Piment and Port Salut) to set up triage systems, isolation beds, referral systems and train medical staff. Teams report supply as a major stumbling block. Health promotion for community awareness and prevention activities is also underway in Artibonite and Port-au-Prince.