Martelly in Miami: A Surgery Of Controversy

President Martelly of Haiti

According to an official statement issued by the Office of the President in Port-au-Prince, President Martelly left Haiti Wednesday to Miami, Fl where he will undergo a surgical intervention in his right shoulder. No mention of the nature and scope of the surgery is made. He will return a week later, precisely on Thursday, April 12, 2012 to resume his activities.

Apparently, the fact that he is traveling abroad for medical reasons does not please many. Some are arguing that he should not be traveling to the US to be operated on; he should stay home and be treated by Haitian doctors and nurses only for the sake of inspiring confidence in the Haitian health care system. Are these people serious, really?

Of course, that is what every president would hope to see. But such is not the case for Haiti. And who said he will not be operated on by a Haitian orthopedist in Miami -one of our own who had studied in Haiti and left the country for political reasons or because he or she was not valued enough in his or her own country?

This argument, which I consider as a blame on the president’s account, would have made sense had Martelly been president for the past 26 years and nothing been done to structure our health care system and the delivery of care in the country.

Remember, Martelly has been in power for only 11 months; it took years to bring our health care system and the practice of the science of medicine to such a situation of chaos.

His predecessors are done messing up everything, now they want to hold him accountable for the state of affairs in the country. At some point in time, the practice of medicine in Haiti used to be one of the best in the region; it is not so anymore for years.

Aristide and Preval, these two Lavalas guys, for the twenty years they were in power, did not do anything of substance to make sure that their successors would not have to travel abroad should they need care as basic as emergency. They messed it up for all of us. So if blames need to be cast, they need to direct them at these two guys, not Martelly. In fact, did Rene Preval not have to travel abroad, to Cuba precisely, to have his prostate cancer taken care of? I did not hear all these chatters when that happened. Why now I am reading about all these jabbers? I guess Cuba is not foreign to Haiti, America is. Seriously, these healthcare nationalists need to find better ways to show their nationalism.

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4 comments on “Martelly in Miami: A Surgery Of Controversy

  1. President Preval use to go to Cuba every month to take care of his health. I do not see why President Martelly can not travel to United States of America where he is accustomed to, to have a surgery. As far as we understand President Martelly can choose his surgeon.I do not think that President Martelly is the prisonner of anyone in Haiti, not even his Government.

    • Actually, there were a lot of people in Haiti unhappy with Préval regularly going to Cuba for medical trips as well. Regardless of when he/she takes office, any government official who decides to enroll his/her kids in a foreign school, travel abroad for medical reasons, or even have his/her spouse live abroad is basically saying that he/she does not have faith in the country’s services. And if the country’s services are not good enough for the officials, then why should those living here have to accept them as good enough for us? Perhaps more importantly, how can we trust officials to improve services such as education and health care when we all know that they and their families are not depending on them? So, yes, this is actually a pretty serious matter.

  2. “This argument, which I consider as a blame on the president’s account, would have made sense had Martelly been president for the past 26 years and nothing been done to structure our health care system and the delivery of care in the country.”

    Ah! There is again :”The Past 26 years”. Well, what was “done to structure our health care system and the delivery of care in the country before “the past 26 years”? You couldn’t help slipping a bit of that duvalieristic revisionism in there, could you?

    Let’s see, more revisionism: ” At some point in time, the practice of medicine in Haiti used to be one of the best in the region; it is not so anymore for years”. REALLY? When was that? Care to provide any documentation?

  3. i think he should do the surgery in haiti we have good doctor in hati but he has good health insurance in miami so he choose miami i dont think he dont trust haitain doctor he loves his country and his people

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