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Haiti urgently needs more medical facilities, despite scale-up of relief effort

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c525 (Published 27 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c525
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Medical facilities in the devastated island of Haiti are still overwhelmed and struggling to meet the needs of thousands of people, despite the massive scale-up in aid, say United Nations officials. Postoperative care, obstetrics, and basic services for displaced people are among the most pressing needs.

    Many hospitals throughout the country have reached full capacity, said the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the World Health Organization.

    There is also increasing concern about availability of drugs for people with chronic diseases, it said on 25 January.

    Drugs and equipment, including anaesthesia machines, are among the medical priorities, but shortages of food and water are also occurring in many health centres, UN and health …

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