In Haiti, we see many ailments that are no longer common in the United States. One of those cases walked through the door on March the 5th. Eighty-two year old Jeanlius was complaining of a cough, fever, and pain in his upper back. Because of the pain, cough, and fever, he was having difficulty breathing.
Dr. Jerry determined that Jeanlius was showing signs of pneumonia, malnutrition, and tuberculosis (TB). TB is a very persistent bacterial infection that is difficult to treat. It takes several months of aggressive antibiotic therapy to bring the disease into submission. The Haitian government has a program to eradicate TB and will provide the medication, but it requires an accurate diagnosis.
Unfortunately, as much as we desire to help, sometimes we are unable to do so. Such was the case with Jeanlius. The definitive diagnosis for TB requires a chest x-ray. Our clinic does not yet have an x-ray machine, and this was one of those heartbreaking days when we could not meet our patient's needs. One of our major goals for 2015 is to acquire an x-ray machine, either through donation or a fundraising drive. The city of Cap-Haitien has very limited access to x-ray capability, and when the service can be found, it is most often financially out of reach for the patient. We trust God to resolve this problem. We know He will provide, because He says in Philippians 4:13 "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus" [NIV]
We are grateful for your prayers as we seek to expand our capabilities to provide the best possible service for our patients.
The Siloé Health Clinic Team
Haiti Cheri Life Harvest Ministries