Haiti’s devastated health services unable to cope with scale of catastrophe left by earthquakeBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c266 (Published 15 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c266
- Peter Moszynski
The full extent of the devastation caused by the earthquake on 12 January in Haiti has yet to be assessed, but some first responders believe it could be the worst natural disaster in recent years.
The International Federation of the Red Cross estimates that over three million people have been affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake, which struck the most populated area of the country and has laid waste to most of the capital, Port au Prince.
The federation says the most urgent needs at this time are “search and rescue, field hospitals, emergency health, water purification, emergency shelter, logistics and telecommunications.”
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