Haiti hospital reopens, despite severe lack of supplies

Emergency Management Alert, January 19, 2010

Haiti's General Hospital, crippled by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left thousands dead and many more homeless, has reopened with a minimal staffing and supplies, reports the Boston Globe.

The hospital had no electricity, no water, and rudimentary medical tools and supplies. A small team of surgeons, a nurse, and anesthesiologist from the U.S. attempted to aid the many survivors who lined up for care at the 700-bed hospital, reports the Globe. Staff began not by performing complex surgeries for the most urgent and critically ill patients, but by performing simpler surgeries and other medical care that could more realistically be performed given the circumstances.

Supplies and medical personnel have been slow to arrive in Haiti because the earthquake damaged the nation's infrastructure, including the sole airport and many of its seaports.

Source: The Boston Globe

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