Haitian Medical Providers Remain Wary with Covid-19 Case Counts Unclear
Source: Relief Web
Haiti has at least 7,743 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and at least 187 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. But the relatively low numbers might not tell the full story, warn health care workers and others working to alleviate the outbreak in the Caribbean nation.
“It’s really hard to say what is the state of Covid-19 in Haiti right now. Many people don’t believe in the pandemic in Haiti. People are staying home and self-treating. They’re not going to the hospital,” said Margarett Lubin, country director of Haiti for CORE, a nonprofit started by Sean Penn after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She, and colleague Dr. Floris Nesi, added that a lack of testing has also contributed to the opaque situation.
Commingled with these issues is widespread mistrust amongst the population towards the government and public health authorities, who often must battle misinformation, which can further stigmatize patients seeking care.