Child sick with cancer at Saint Damien Hospital Tabarre, Haiti.
Haitian National Police are putting babies in danger by throwing tear gas near UEH Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Georges H. Rouzier

Ronald Éveillard, the head of pediatrics at the University of Haiti’s public hospital (HUEH), told Le Nouvelliste that the recent protests are affecting the babies’ health, mainly because of the police’s use of tear gas near the hospital.   

“When they launch tear gas, several departments are automatically affected in the hospital,” Éveillard said. “We provide care for children, some of whom have respiratory problems and are placed on oxygen, [so] we are the first to suffer in the pediatric department.”

Earlier this week, one baby died when police threw tear gas to disperse protesters near the hospital. Éveillard did not say whether that child was already a hospital patient or if it was injured elsewhere and then brought to the hospital for treatment. Continue reading

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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