Remote health centre teams in devastated Dominica need support

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Aerial view of the devastation in Dominica following successive category five hurricanes in September 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Medical staff trying to keep basic services going on the devastated Caribbean island of Dominica urgently need support, including reliable food supplies.

That's the plea from Clemens Buter, team leader in Dominica for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in an interview on the hurricane-ravaged island, with UN News.

He said that 29 out of 49 health centres suffered "severe" damage when Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck the island on 18 September.

UN chief António Guterres visited Dominica on Sunday, saying it was vital that the rest of the world fully recognized that climate change was driving the intensity of hurricanes in the region, and the resulting damage.

Mr Buter described to Elizabeth Philip what his team from PAHO—the specialized international health agency for the Americas—had been dealing with in the two weeks they'd been on the ground.

Duration: 3'52"

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