A workforce of Maritime health-care professionals is stranded in Haiti attributable to widespread civil unrest, which has put their possibilities of safely departing the nation in danger.
“There’s violent protests and demonstrations. Individuals are being requested for cash once they rise up to roadblocks, some persons are being taken for ransom, there’s simply loads of violence,” stated Rachel Blaquiere, a registered nurse who’s initially from New Brunswick.
Blaquiere, who works out of Halifax, has traveled to Haiti a number of instances to offer medical care to Haitians in want of well being care.
“We do completely different clinics and we simply meet with the sufferers to see what their issues are and assist them in no matter manner we will. So, it’s usually like hypertension, completely different type of infections, diabetes,” she stated.
This journey to Haiti was in reference to a Haitian based mostly group referred to as G.E.A.C.H.
Blaquiere, together with registered nurse Cathy Davies and doctor Dr. Heather Dow — each from New Brunswick — have been working within the Haitian mountains for the previous two weeks.
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Their medical companies have been led and arranged by Dr. Emilio Bazille, a Haitian-born doctor who now lives in Ottawa however usually travels to the nation to offer health-care helps.
“We love serving to out wherever we will. We simply selected a nasty time sadly to come back,” stated Blaquiere.
In response to Blaquiere, the clinics have been working easily till violent protests began erupting over Haitians demanding President Jovenel Moise’s resignation over allegations of corruption and a scarcity of help for the folks of Haiti.
“They’ve their present president right here, they really feel isn’t actually doing something to assist them out. He promised meals on everybody’s plate and cash in everybody’s pocket however that hasn’t occurred,” stated Blaquiere.
For probably the most half, Blaquiere says the group didn’t encounter any points till roadblocks began being constructed all through the area.
“On the best way to one of many clinics, we did run into about three completely different roadblocks. To the purpose the place our driver did must name in a SWAT workforce to type of escort us by one of many bigger roadblocks,” she stated.
Blaquiere stated the driving force even approached police to ask for help however was instructed they weren’t in a position to assist them.
“That day was actually scary. Truthfully, I believe the entire trip, we have been very tense,” she stated.
At present, the group is staying in Bazille’s residence in Saint-Louis-du-Sud, about 4 hours west of the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Whereas Blaquiere says they really feel protected the place they’re, the group was speculated to have flown dwelling on Feb. 12, however have been suggested by SWAT groups to not depart the compound.
“Proper now, we’re wanting into getting a helicopter that may choose us up near the place we’re and hopefully they’ll take us straight to the airport,” stated Blaquiere.
The airport is in Port-au-Prince, a few 5 to six-hour drive away, says Blaquiere.
International Affairs Canada wrote in an e-mail assertion that they’re conscious of the scenario in Haiti and monitoring it carefully.
“Canada is following developments in Haiti carefully. Our diplomats on the bottom are in contact with their counterparts from different international locations, in addition to with native authorities, to share info and recommendation,” wrote Richard Walker, a spokesperson with International Affairs Canada.
The embassy in Port-au-Prince has been closed attributable to ongoing uncertainty.
Blaquiere says they’re awaiting help and course from the Canadian embassy, in addition to attempting to determine a technique to safely depart their compound.
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