June 18, 2024

Haiti Prime Minister rushed to hospital after just a week in office

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Haiti Prime Minister rushed to hospital after just a week in office

The new Prime Minister of Haiti, Garry Conille, was on Saturday afternoon rushed to hospital after suffering an Asthma attack, as per AFP

The new Prime Minister of Haiti, Garry Conille, was on Saturday afternoon rushed to hospital after suffering an Asthma attack, as per AFP.

International media outlets reported that Conille, who took over the position in an acting capacity, felt unwell and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A statement from the PM’s office revealed that the illness came after a week of intense activity since ascending to the challenging position.

“Following a week of intense activities, the Prime Minister … had a slight illness on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, 2024, and went to the hospital for treatment,” the statement read in part.

The communications office, however, noted that the PM was in stable condition after treatment at a Port-au-Prince hospital in the capital city’s suburbs.

AFP, however, reported that the Conille was likely to be flown out of the country for specialized treatment.

The 58-year-old was sworn into the role replacing Ariel Henry on Monday, June 3, after he was installed in the position by Haiti Presidential Transitional Council on Wednesday last week.

Conille, a practicing medic himself, arrived in the country on June 3 after serving outside the Caribbean country.

Until his appointment, he had served as the regional director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America. He held the position since January 2023.

Between October 2011 and May 2012, Conille served as the country’s Prime Minister.

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Meanwhile, gangs based in Haiti’s capital city had begun moving to provincial towns as Kenya prepares to send its first troops.

Arrests within the capital city had gone up with police officers finding ease to track down the gang members.

Ruto, in an interview with the BBC in late May, revealed that the deployment of police in Haiti would be done in the next three weeks.

The Head of State noted that the security base that would house the Kenyan troops was 70 percent complete and that there would similarly be a supply of equipment before the specified date.

“Once we have that assessment that we agreed with the Haitian police and the Haitian leadership, we are looking at a horizon of between three weeks or so,” Ruto confirmed.

“We shouldn’t be losing people. We shouldn’t be losing missionaries. We are doing this to stop more people from losing their lives to the gangs,” he added.

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