The American military is once again flying badly-injured victims of Haiti’s earthquake to the United States for treatment.
Its evacuation flights were suspended last Wednesday amid a dispute over where the patients would be cared for and who would pay. But now that additional medical capacity has been found, the urgent air transfers have resumed.
“It is a great thing that the military transports have opened up again,” said Dr. Mike Sheehan, Chief Medical Officer at the University of Miami field hospital in Haiti. “We have had lots of patients who are critically ill that we have been caring for, but they need more care than we can provide here.”
Getting aid to those who need it is another priority. Yet three weeks after the quake, some survivors are reportedly still waiting for help, with organisational problems being blamed. On the other hand, a coupon-based system has been praised for facilitating food distribution.
Already the UN’s Special Envoy to Haiti, former US President Bill Clinton’s role is expected to be expanded to cover the coordination of aid.