Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Emergency Doctors Leave Haiti

By Ianthe Jeanne Dugan PORT-AU-PRINCE—Doctors here are bracing for another onslaught of patients, as emergency workers leave the country and thousands of surgeries done after the January 12 earthquake need to be redone. Between 25% and 30% of postearthquake surgeries will need to be done again to avoid problems, says Dr. Jean “William” Pape, an infectious disease authority who is founder of Gheskio, an HIV/AIDS clinic next door to a field hospital set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That estimate is corroborated by Haitian, U.S. and other medical officials involved in coordinating the international medical response, who say the problem is because of the massive numbers of injuries treated in poor conditions in an already weak health infrastructure. The unusually high level of second operations, along with other mounting medical issues, comes as many emergency […]

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