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Haitian hospitals beyond breaking point

Haitian hospitals beyond breaking point
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Medical services in Port-au-Prince have gone beyond breaking point and only the most seriously injured receive treatment indoors, if at all. The rest have to wait outside for attention.

Hospitals along with doctors and nurses have fallen victim to the huge quake stripping the country of all but the most basic medical facilities.

Haitians are now relying almost exclusively on medicine, medical personal and equipment supplied by the international community.

On Saturday the US navy hospital ship “The Comfort” set sail from Baltimore with 550 staff on board.

The vessel will offer orthopaedic and paediatric care and is expected off Haiti by Thursday, but that may be too late for some.

Despite the dire circumstances the Haitian’s remain resilient.

As one nurse recounted:

“We had to suture a lady with no anaesthesia, and she was singing…singing the pain away.”

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