The 12 provinces of the Dominican Republic and the 10 departments Haiti are affected by cases of Covid-19. It is the first time that a disease has spread across the island. If our neighbor was struck before us or detected a case on its soil before March 19, the official date for the first patient in Haiti, the two peoples are also affected by the disease and its course.
If on paper, the Dominican Republic has recorded more cases and deaths than our country, it is obvious that the one who does not search cannot find. One has only to compare the number of tests carried out in the two countries to understand the true nature of the problem.
Another point to our disadvantage, the difficulty of establishing the diagnosis of Covid-19 with incredulous patients and reluctant to take the test and who fear more stigma. The reality of the disease, is that we have medical personnel who have not been trained or really have been made aware of the problems posed by this new disease.
Today May 11, 2020, the doctors and members of the medical community admitted that we are more at risk in a normal hospital than in a center dedicated to the treatment of Covid-19.
Where we know that the disease is circulating, we take a thousand precautions, while in the other services we are in contact without much protection. Protective clothing which is rare for everyone.
Behind each case of coronavirus there is the story of the difficulty of making the diagnosis, the story of the parents’ denial and the long and often eventful story of the test itself.
Again, unlike the Dominican Republic, centralization does not help. Neither do the weaknesses of the public and private hospital system. Continue reading.