Thursday, October 18, 2018

MFP ALERT: Gros Morne in Aftermath of Earthquake

CONTACT: Michael V. Viola, MD
PHONE: 01-202-441-4545

Gros Morne Recovering From Earthquake

Injured Patients Flood Alma Mater Hospital

Child next to damaged home hours after earthquake struck Gros Morne
photo- Brittany Galvin

Gros Morne Haiti, Wed. October 10, 2018.  On Saturday night, October 6, at 8:11 pm a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the northern port city of Port-de-Paix. The initial shock was followed by strong aftershocks through the weekend. The Interior Ministry reported that there were 15 deaths and perhaps thousands injured. The island is still recovering from the devastating January 2010 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000 Haitians.
Gros Morne, MFP’s base in Haiti, is only 50 km from Port-de-Paix and suffered considerable damage. Two children were killed in the first shock, and thousands were injured.After a week of assessing damage, Brittany Galvin reports, “I estimate that 60-80% of homes in the area have suffered damage and are not livable. As you can imagine, everyone is scared to sleep inside and so many people are sleeping in the street despite the hard rains.”
The Alma Mater Hospital has played  a central role in the acute response and has responded well to the flood of patients with crush injuries. Unfortunately the pediatric and men’s wards were structurally damaged and had to be evacuated. Structural engineers are examining the building at the present time. We are relieved to report that MFP staff, our volunteers, and our hospital colleagues were not injured during the earthquake. All MFP personnel have been assigned to the acute care unit as injured patients arrive in need of immediate help.
Medicine For Peace is a medical relief and humanitarian organization, founded in 1991, dedicated to providing care to victims of war and extreme poverty.
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