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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

Doctors Without Borders

Port-au-Prince, January 19, 2010 – A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (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 MSF’s 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.

“It is like working in a war situation,” said Rosa Crestani, MSF medical coordinator for Choscal Hospital. “We don’t have any more morphine to manage pain for our patients. We cannot accept that planes carrying lifesaving medical supplies and equipment continue to be turned away while our patients die. Priority must be given to medical supplies entering the country.”

Many of the patients have been pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings are at grave risk of death from septicemia and the consequences of “crush syndrome,” a condition where damaged muscle tissue releases toxins into the bloodstream and can lead to death from kidney failure. Dialysis machines are vital to keeping patients alive with this condition.

Another two planes carrying a total of 26 MSF aid workers were diverted to Dominican Republic. MSF has successfully landed five planes with a total of 135 tons of supplies into Port-au-Prince. Another 195 tons of supplies will need to be granted permission to land in the airport in the coming days in order to continue MSF’s scale up of its medical relief operation in Haiti.

More than 700 MSF staff are working to provide emergency medical care to earthquake survivors in and around Port-au-Prince. MSF teams are currently working in Choscal Hospital, Martissant Health Center, Trinite Hospital, Carrefour hospital, Jacmel Hospital, and are establishing a 100-bed inflatable hospital in the Delmas area. They are running exploratory assessment missions to other locations outside the capital as well.

January 19, 2010 - Posted by | Militarism

17 Comments »

  1. Sounds like Katrina all over again, doesn’t it? I wonder if the US military is keeping the planes from landing?

    Comment by borgs | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • The US military has seized control over the airport.

      Comment by aletho | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • You know what? This is worse than Katrina, I saw postK New Orleans, I’m tired of the comparison. Get a sense of proportion already.

      I agree with someguy and Joe Gall, something imperially stinks about this whole thing.

      Comment by inarticulate | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. US imperial extermination operations in progress.

    Comment by Joe Gall | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Extermination operation. My thoughts too.
      Hey, they’re black (like New Orleans) and “they’re too many of them” (according to the dick Neo-Cons). “Time for a cull, huh?”
      This is how your leaders think. Darfur was the same thing.

      Comment by S Barringer | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. If the world hasn’t figured out the ‘real’ mission of the Untitled Snakes right now in Haiti, it won’t ever. It means that every last bit of lucidity and sanity has been GM cropped out of humans and everyone is a brain dead, fascist bastard ZOMBIE now.

    nothing would surprise me from this point on in the world. the so called governments are so corrupt and scummy to the point where they don’t even attempt to look ‘legitimate’ any longer. why should they care? nobody is awake enough in this global nightmare we live in to give a rat’s penis!

    the only thing left is the “LOONEY TUNES” ‘That’s ALL, FOLKS’ banner at the end of this joke called humanity.

    we have finally all sunken to the lowest of lows, and even the most banal, obvious INVASIONS based solely on BULLSHIT, can be hawked as humanitarian in nature.

    I’m so glad my parents didn’t live to see the U.S.S.A., and the world, as a HOLE (not whole) turn into a goddamned charnel house for the Rothschilds. This is un fucking believable!

    Comment by BILLARY CLINTSTONED AND GEORGE DUMBYA DOUCHEBAG DID THIS | January 19, 2010 | Reply

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  5. Who is stopping the planes? We need this information. Who is stopping the planes, and what is the alleged reason. I thought the US military was in control of the airport. (or is that the problem)

    Comment by Someguy | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Having been there since day 2 in Haiti, I will give you the facts that are not as sexy as those posted by people that know nothing. The size of the aircraft that can land at the Paup airport is important. This third world airport is not very big and has a short runway. The only runway is used for both takeoff and landing. A total of 8 Planes can be on the ground at a time and large planes take up 3 or 4 slots as well as the planes must be able to reverse thrust out of the airport as they dont have the ability to “push” the planes back to turn around at the beginning of the event and into day 15 this was still true. So many different planes require different tools to push them out, and the equipment was not always there. This is a simple matter of Triaging which planes carried the most important cargo and would be the least disruptive to the whole of the operation. Stop the conjecture and realize that the best job possible was and is being done for the people of Haiti.

      Comment by From Haiti1 | February 6, 2010 | Reply

      • Someguy,

        I’m sure that getting Hillary in for her photo-op, which tied the airport up for hours, was appropriately classified as “important cargo”. And I’m sure that moving thousands of US troops in ahead of doctors and medical equipment was beyond question “being done for the people of Haiti”.

        Comment by aletho | February 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Something very sinister is taking place and it is NOT for the good of the Haitians.

    Comment by Ali Khan | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  7. Katrina,Gaza again.
    From usrael

    Comment by Cristal | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  8. The BBC has confirmed its the US Military that is turning away AID! So the US Marines are now more effective than NGO Medical suupplies in a disaster zone?! This is a repeat of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, military turning away help and shooting “looters”…Basically causing MORE DEATHS!!! If we compare the response to the Boxing Day Tsunami where NGO’s saved countless lives before the USA/UK military could get back from holiday and stop them!
    Bringing in a system of Direct democracy government ,instead of the “representative democracy” or ELECTED DICTATORSHIP as it should be called, is the answer. The PEOPLE are NOT so stupid as to send a soldier to a medical disaster……unfortunately the average polition is that stupid (or corrupt)

    Comment by cuthulan | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  9. The more people die the more they can harvest, also, the more children left orphans the more sacrifices they can perform.

    Comment by Ld Elon | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hell, starving the sick of their medications worked real fine in Gaza.

    It’s the Cubans you should all be worried about. Trust them to sneak in before the yanks took over the airport:

    Who do they think won the Cold War, anyway!

    Comment by luis | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  11. Praying for Haiti.

    Comment by Samantha Mathews | February 6, 2010 | Reply


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