Another brief update – but more pictures!
Three more staff came in today: Orna Hananel, MD, from Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, Josh Weil, MD – from Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, and a third logestician from Relief International. One more doctor tomorrow and a paramedic the following day.
Now with a full team we can set up a full clinic rather than help in the clinics of others as we have done. We are headed for Carrefour, the epicenter of the earthquake. Most relief efforts are centered in Port au Prince, but we’ve heard that much of the population is headed out to the rural areas. Part of today included a trip to Carrefour. Everything is worse there than in Port au Prince. I expect to lose all communication except satellite phone for several days.
We have a good number of medical supplies on hand, thanks to Kaiser Permanente, but also have a large shipment coming in tomorrow – enough with which to run a small hospital! It’s funny the things that make me happy in moments like this. Perhaps not so strange if I consider that the whole drive for the effort is to care for people and this shipment just made our job a lot easier.
We have enough for the obvious trauma and infections we are expecting up front, but it’s not easy to get many of the things in this shipment around here – malaria testing kits, an autoclave, PEP kits, birthing kits, adequate materials and tools to care for small infants, a broader spectrum of medications for tropical illnesses, etc. Nice to know we can care for almost anything that comes our way.
Thank you! Someone have a mocha for me. 😉
Update from Hernando Garzon, MD, January 19, 2010