Haitian Doctor Grateful For Support Her Country Has Received After Deadly Quake

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Dr. Shaelle Durand, a Haitian native living in Saint Lucia, says she is saddened by news of Saturday’s deadly earthquake in the country of her birth, coming after the recent assassination of the Haitian President Jovenel Moïse last month.

Durand told St Lucia Times that although the lines of communication were not good, she was in touch with her relatives in Haiti after the earthquake struck.

She said the people of Haiti need a lot of support and expressed gratitude for the solidarity shown by the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

Durand, who has been living here for  a decade and practices in Vieux Fort, expressed a desire to return home to assist, especially since hospitals are under stress and need medication and other supplies.

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There are also concerns that the earthquake could result in a COVID-19 surge should displaced people be forced into closer confines.

Reports from Haiti indicate that over 1,000 people  died as a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and thousands were injured.

The New York Times said authorities in Haiti were scrambling to coordinate their response to the quake, mindful of the confusion that followed the one in 2010.

According to the publication, delays in distributing aid to hundreds of thousands of people at that time worsened the death toll.

An estimated quarter of a million people died following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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