News / Americas

Haiti Hospital Workers Say Patients Need Long-Term Care

A quake victim and his mother wait for medical care
A quake victim and his mother wait for medical care

Multimedia

Audio
Mike O'Sullivan

Workers at a Haitian hospital say health care needs have moved beyond emergency medical aid for earthquake victims to long-term help for the injured, including amputees, and psychological counseling. 

At this Catholic pediatric hospital, injured patients are still arriving, adults as well as children.  Most come for follow-up care for injuries suffered in the catastrophic earthquake January 12th. 

Well over 100,000 people were killed, and thousands were buried in mass graves.  Many are still lying beneath the rubble.

Emergency supplies, have poured in from around the world, and in spite of logjams and bottlenecks, aid is reaching this hospital.  Workers unload boxes of medicine from Israel.

Doctors and nurses have come as well, says hospital personnel director Phadou Amisial. "We have doctors from Slovakia, doctors from Germany, doctors from Europe, and we have doctors from the United States also, Canada and so on," he said.

American surgeon Philip Smith came from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He says most patients are now getting follow-up care and their needs will be long-term. "The infected wounds, the wounds that need to be covered somehow, an amputation stump that continues to need additional work.  So while the most devastating injuries were initially (treated), they're not something you can treat in one week and be done with," he said.

Patients are treated for other ailments, from influenza to appendicitis, as would have been the case without the quake.

Many young patients are traumatized, including a young boy whose leg was partially amputated after it was injured and became infected.

The hospital staff are also coping with raw emotions.   A hospital nursing supervisor watched as her husband struggled for hours to pull their three children from their collapsed house.  All of the children survived, but she is shaken by the widespread destruction and loss of life. "It was very shocking.  There were some of our hospital workers who died.  People in the street died.  Our family members died.  It was really hard," she said.

Hospital personnel director Phadou Amisial says the need is tremendous, and that patients here today will need help for months to come, including rehabilitation and counseling. "They come here.  We do amputations, we do this, we do that.  We try to save lives, but what happens in the future," he said.

He said Haiti needs help to build its medical infrastructure to meet the long-term needs of its people.  He hopes the international community, so active in the earthquake relief effort, will remember that.
 

You May Like

Sydney Hostage-taker Failed to Manipulate Social Media

Gunman forced captives to use personal Facebook, YouTube accounts to issue his demands; online community helped flag messages, urged others not to share them More

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?

It's an umbrella group of militant organizations whose objective is enforcement of Sharia in Pakistan 'whether through peace or war' More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Putin: Russian Economy to Rebound in 2 Yearsi
X
December 18, 2014 5:13 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year news conference Thursday, tackling questions on the Russian economy, the crisis in Ukraine and Russian relations with the west. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
Video

Video Putin: Russian Economy to Rebound in 2 Years

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year news conference Thursday, tackling questions on the Russian economy, the crisis in Ukraine and Russian relations with the west. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid

More Americas News

US Expects January Talks With Cuba

Meeting, that was originally a periodic review of Cuba-US migration, will now include talks on restoring diplomatic relations
More

Brazil's Rousseff Pledges to Tighten Operations at Petrobras

She urges Brazilians not to lose faith in oil producer, which is mired in a corruption scandal
More

Colombia to Print Garcia Marquez Banknotes in Tribute to Writer

Currency to honor country's most celebrated writer, who died in April and who is renowned as the father of magical realism storytelling
More

US-Cuba Trade Could Grow Significantly

Analysts say US exports to Cuba could eventually hit $5.9 billion annually, while Havana's exports to the US could reach $6.7 billion
More

UK Gives Falklands Medal for Argentine War Role

Announcement likely to anger Argentine government, which claims islands as its own
More

Vatican Mediation in US-Cuba Relations Applauded

Statement confirmed that Vatican diplomats facilitated talks between two countries, 'resulting in solutions acceptable to both parties'
More