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Haiti Faces Serious Health Risks in Quake’s Wake – MedicineNet


\”Now you\’ve got the problem, which is fairly common in disasters like this, that a lot of the infrastructure related to health is severely damaged, for example, hospitals,\” explained Tom Birkland, a professor of public policy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. \”It\’s probably worse now, 10 to 100 times worse. The physical systems that support the health systems are broken badly.\”

\”It\’s a system that\’s already on the treadmill on a daily basis, so you put this catastrophe on top of it and you have a collapsing system,\” added Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, which has sent medical teams to the devastated country.

Haiti is still lacking power and most telecommunications. The port and airport were severely damaged by the quake, as were roads, making rescue and relief efforts that much more difficult. via – MedicineNet

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