I just got of the phone with Dr Roger (Jean-Charles, MD you know) who has been going to places to find out if anyone survived, sleeping in his car until tonight when they say it will be safe to go back into his damaged house, generally assessing the situation and finding out the medical needs. Here is his news:
The 2 functioning hospitals that he has been to. Both in ‘Dire need’ of the following:
D5W, D5NS, KCL,Antibiotics:IV and PO,Local anesthetics (Lidocaine) and General anesthetics,Diabetic meds (both insulin and oral agents),casting materials (and I’ll add ‘External fixaters’), sutures (both absorbable and non-absorbable, surgical supplies, orthopedic surgeons (and anesthesiologists, general surgeons, etc. of course), cots (not near enough beds for patients there), IV poles (presently using poles made of tree branches, nails to hang the bags, and rocks to hold them up).
He says that with no clean water in the city we can expect epidemics of cholera, typhoid and the like. They are estimating that there are over 200,000 families living on the streets. “A lot of people have left this previously over-populated area and gone elsewhere in the province”.
The 2 functioning hospitals are:
CDTI (good shape, state-of-the-art hospital, had grand opening a year ago, located in a residential neighborhood area of ‘Sacre Coeur’ (sp?)
Roger says “Give my love to everybody”.
And this just in: ( Just got off the phone with Eric Miller, RN (Health4haiti member along with Ginger Vaughn, RN) at the airport UN compound with Frank Mckinney’s Clearing House Project team)
Functioning NGO hospitals he knows of are MSF and PIH of course, UN hospital at the airport (where he saw them doing surgeries outside last night)
Eric says “the medical needs here are overwhelming”.