We were able to mobilize immediately after the storm struck western Haiti
on October 4:
In Jérémie, we found that the reference hospital
has suffered damage and lacks water and electricity. There are many
hurricane survivors with infected wounds. Some people are sick with
cholera, a disease that can spread rapidly through untreated
water or poorly prepared food and can kill within hours. Our
team carried out 250 medical consultations this weekend.
In Port-à-Piment, people are drinking water from
untreated sources. An MSF team brought medical supplies to the
town and treated 39 cholera patients.
In Petite Rivière de Nippes, an MSF team
carried out about 200 medical consultations in the last two days.
There is a fairly high presence of foot wounds from walking in
flooded areas and reports that many people are drinking river water
because of the lack of clean water.
In addition, we continue to run our existing
hospitals and clinics in and around the capital.MSF teams in
Port-au-Prince are performing emergency surgery, providing urgent
care for women with complicated pregnancies, caring for burn
patients and more.
Our teams are working to get
into more hurricane-affected areas currently cut off by damaged bridges
and roads. In the coming days, we are planning to assess the needs in
nearby mountainous areas.
With you by our side, we will
go where we are needed most and treat those in greatest need.