Nowhere To Go For Haiti Quake Victims Upon Hospital Release

Younaika rests next to her mother Jertha Ylet, who was injured in the earthquake one week prior, at the Immaculate Conception Hospital, also known as the General Hospital of Les Cayes, Haiti, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. The 7.2 magnitude quake brought down their house in Camp-Perrin, killing Ylet's father and two other relatives and seriously injuring her brother. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

(AP) — More than a week after Haiti’s devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake, a dilemma has emerged for the region’s limited health care services: how to turn over hospital beds when discharged patients have no place to go.

Jertha Ylet was brought to Les Cayes’ General Hospital on the day of the earthquake. A surgeon put a metal rod in her lower left leg. Days later she was cleared for discharge. But with her home in Camp Perrin collapsed, Ylet had nowhere to go and no desire to leave. The hospital is still receiving patients from more remote areas and needs the beds.


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