Haiti update: Sites found for surgical work as patients pour in

14 Jan 10

14th January, 2010- Reports from the field say that at least 1,500 patients have been treated so far at MSF locations. However, teams are seeing patients pour in and are doing their best in terms of administering first aid, but surgery needs are huge. The major problem is still blockages at the airport and moving people and freight quickly. One MSF team has begun transferring patients from Martissant (the location of one of the damaged MSF medical facilities) to Choscal Hospital in Cite Soleil, where, at the time of writing, they were preparing to start surgical activities soon.

Another team has salvaged materials and equipment from the another damaged MSF medical centre, Maternité Solidarité hospital, and patients are now being treated in the carpark. Two possible locations are being evaluated by this team for surgical and emergency care.

All of the MSF's existing three medical facilities in the capital have been partially damaged: a health centre in Martissant slum, the Trinity trauma centre (60 beds), the Solidarité maternity hospital (a 75 bed emergency obstetric facility). Most patients have been treated in tented clinics that we have had to put up near to our existing medical facilities that were themselves damaged.

A further team has started evaluating the needs of people in the area of Carrefour by foot as this part of the city is very seriously affected by the earthquake and difficult to access.

More information to follow shortly.