Haiti Health - My simple medical problem got complicated due to lack of medicine

Recently, I had a simple health problem in my hometown in Haiti that only required an over-the-counter medicine to take care of it. Unfortunately for me, my private stock ran out... I went to every darn pharmacy in town and none of them carried that type of medicine. So my condition got worse... I had to leave the country to get help...

Haiti Medical Alert
Haiti Medical Alert

KREYOL: Mezanmi, yon senp ti maladi mwen genyen Haiti, mwen pa fouti jwen medikaman nan famasi pou li. avan lontan li vini pi mal, mwen oblije kite peyi a pou-m al nan doktè... Kisa ou panse de sa?

I had to wait for the over the over-the-counter medicine to arrive from the neighboring Dominican Republic to get relief. By that time it was too late and my simple discomfort became much worse, it cost me a good 8 to 10 days of work and a trip to the doctor.

That makes me wonder... How do pharmacies stock medicine in Haiti? Everything time you need something to get better, you drive around to every little pharmacy in town only to hear: "I don't have it"

I know some of you may say: "Well there is a big pharmacy in Haiti where I leave in Port-au-Prince." Good for you but shouldn't there be at least ONE BIG pharmacy in every major city in Haiti?

I am beginning to get the impression that there are many people are dying everyday in Haiti due to lack of simple medicine and they blame the boogeyman.

If my simple discomfort can escalate into such a serious health matter when I already knew what to ask for at the pharmacy, I wonder what happens to the person who doesn't even know what to ask for?

What do you think about that?

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Caroll says...

There are about 35 pharmaceuticals agencies approved by the department of pharmacy.

Those agencies are under rules and regulations that changes every year. We are regulated and blocked by the government of pharmacy at the same time the streets are full of medicines that come from crossing the borders without authorization.

I have in hand 30 dossiers of Mede ones to present to the department of PHARMACIE for approval, when I called they gave me an appointment for July 15.

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Maude Pierre says...

Haiti is still an under develop county.

We have a long way to go. Some one who is smart like you needs to be its

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Garry says...

It is not the country or town; maybe it is a matter of demands.

It is a society the believe in alternative medicine so chemical medicine is rare. That's

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Marie says...

sa pa vle di gin problem health medical ayiti Pou sa paske selman ou minm ki pa jwenn sa'w gin bezoin yan sa pa fer sans konsa WAP kraze peyia avek fason WAP bayi kek information nan social media yo pandan me mwen konn wer WAP kritike lot journalis Pou sa repanse ankor avan ou posted ninpot nouvel 2 ayiti OK

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Marie says...

sa pa vle di gin problem health medical ayiti Pou sa paske selman ou minm ki pa jwenn sa'w gin bezoin yan sa pa fer sans konsa WAP kraze peyia avek fason WAP bayi kek information nan social media yo pandan me mwen konn wer WAP kritike lot journalis Pou sa repanse ankor avan ou posted ninpot nouvel 2 ayiti OK

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Patrick Princivil says...

Woodrigue frèm ban priyé pou:

Au nom de Jésus de Nazareth kèlké swa dyab rasyal, kèlké swa maladi li yé a, mwen kòmandéw: soti nan kò Woodrigue SPreux e pa janm tounen ankò, alé nan fon lanmè, alé nan labim.

E byen Woodrigue ou guéri,

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Sem Moise Philippe says...

I feel really sad about this my dear fellow Woodring.

It is even sadder when it comes to you. If the government is promoting tourism, it is very important that they be aware of this basic facts, so they can take the appropriate actions.

Hopefully someone with mention that matter them. Good luck! May the GREAT ARCHITECT OH THE UNIVERSE BLESS!!! Sem Moise

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Marie Elie says...

Mezammi ki sa ou Te guin mim tete charge nan pays sa mwen espere ou re prenn toutes activities ou

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Jean Venus says...

Problem nan simple, maladiw fè a pa egziste en Haiti.

La plus de maladie mounn kap viv nan lot pays yo fè, pas genyen yo

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Kreyolman says...

Now you have a problem, analyze it find a pharmacy that would stuck uo on that and other medecine.

There you go with a business opportunity.

Stuck up on medicine that people need and the pharmacies don't have and after a while, you will be THE PHARMACY in town. Or better yet, have a meeting with the owners and led a group of about 5 of them to merge their business so they can carry more

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