Haiti earthquake: medical aid for the survivors
The need for urgent medical aid for earthquake survivors is desperate. Health care personnel from all over the world have joined forces to treat the wounded. Field hospitals and operating theatres have been set up for the most severe cases. Shortly after the disaster struck, first-aid posts were set up by the Haitian Red Cross and the ICRC, providing basic health care to tens of thousands living in makeshift camps.
In the past few days, three new first-aid posts have been opened in the Canapé-Vert neighbourhood near several major makeshift camps, bringing the total number of Red Cross first-aid posts to ten in and around Port-au-Prince. Altogether, Haitian Red Cross volunteers have been providing over 2,400 people with medical care, and 207 patients have been referred to hospitals for further treatment.