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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 09:59 PM
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15. Somebody fucked up....
Doctors Without Borders Plane with Lifesaving Medical Supplies Diverted Again from Landing in Haiti
Patients in Dire Need of Emergency Care Dying from Delays in Arrival of Medical Supplies


Port-au-Prince, January 19, 2010 A Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) cargo plane carrying 12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies and two dialysis machines, was turned away three times from Port-au-Prince airport since Sunday night despite repeated assurances of its ability to land there. This 12-ton cargo was part of the contents of an earlier plane carrying a total of 40 tons of supplies that was blocked from landing on Sunday morning. Since January 14, MSF has had five planes diverted from the original destination of Port-au-Prince to the Dominican Republic. These planes carried a total of 85 tons of medical and relief supplies.

We have had five patients in Martissant health center die for lack of the medical supplies that this plane was carrying, said Loris de Filippi, emergency coordinator for the MSFs Choscal Hospital in Cite Soleil. I have never seen anything like this. Any time I leave the operating theater I see lots of people desperately asking to be taken for surgery. Today, there are 12 people who need lifesaving amputations at Choscal Hospital. We were forced to buy a saw in the market to continue amputations. We are running against time here.

More than 500 patients in need of surgery have been transferred from MSF health center in the Martissant neighborhood to Choscal Hospital with more than 230 operated on since Thursday. MSF teams have been working since the first hours after the earthquake and these cargo shipments are vital to continue their ability to provide essential medical care to victims of the disaster. In five different locations in the city, MSF has given primary care to an estimated 3,000 people in the capital and performed more than 400 surgeries.

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http://doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=4...

Later reports show improvement. That's good. The task ahead is huge and there's no time now to examine who fucked up and why.

But don't sit there and tell me that was a rational decision. I'm not buying.
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