The U.S. Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius, was a guest of St. Damien Hospital. She was welcomed by Father Rick Frechette, NPFS National Director and Dr. Jacqueline Gautier, Director of St. Damien Hospital. On her first visit to Haiti, she met with the administration of the Hospital, participated in a Q&A session and toured the entire property which includes the ARV (AIDS) clinic among others.
Given the fact that the U.S is our partner in fighting AIDS there were many questions posed that addressed serious concerns. With reference to medication and travel, one of the patients asked if it is possible to image a medicine that will completely cure AIDS. the Secretary’s response is that it is in the works. Father Rick further added that there is current research being conducted to prevent the body from rejecting the AIDS medications, which is common in those suffering from the disease. There was lots of good news at the session. Another question addressed the possibility of an AIDS infected person being granted a Visa to travel to the U.S.? Her response was that it is possible if that person is traveling to seek treatment.
The Secretary of Health with Dr. Gautier on the tour of St. Damien
Question and Answer session with the US Secretary of Health
The US Secretary of Health meets with a St. Damien Patient