First-ever Haitian medical clinic in Seaford opens doors

SEAFORD, Del. – In Sussex County, people in the community celebrated the first ever Haitian medical clinic in Seaford on Monday.

The clinic called Ephphatha Medical Care Services focuses on offering medical services in different languages including English, Creole and Spanish.

The multicultural clinic offers walk-in and dermatology services, as well as both pediatric and adult primary care.

Emanie Dorival, the owner, says she believes opening this clinic was needed because of a language barrier many Latinos and Haitians face in the community.

“There is a huge language barrier when they go to other primary care services where they’re not able to explain symptoms, which is a major component in having the right diagnosis,” said Dorival.

“I feel that we want to be a practice where we can provide patients with education and the best of care and for them to be able to understand us and for us to be able to understand them,” said Joice Navarro, a medical assistant at Ephphatha Medical Care Services.

Dorival says she hopes to expand where their services are needed in the future.

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