January 30, 2010

13 Barbadian doctors going to Haiti

Published on: 1/30/2010.

THIRTEEN DOCTORS with the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) have to date volunteered their services to help Haiti.

This was confirmed yesterday by BAMP president, Dr Carlos Chase. He said the association was now awaiting word from the Chief Medical Officer and the Ministry of Health as regards transportation, where the doctors will be staying, security and other related matters.

The 13 include three each in emergency medicine, general surgery and general practice, and one anaesthetist, ophthalmologist and surgical registrar.

Meanwhile, in Haiti today, reports are that doctors and aid workers are running dangerously low on medical supplies, complicating efforts to treat 200 000 people in need of post-surgery care following the January 12 earthquake and increasing the potential of many more deaths due to infection and disease.

And as days turn to weeks, doctors are warning of a looming public health calamity as earthquake survivors with untreated injuries fail to get proper attention. They're concerned too that poor sanitation can also kill tens of thousands of Haitians living in squalid camps. (SP/AP)

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