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January 25, 2010

Haiti awash in doctors; nurses in short supply

Posted: 09:23 AM ET

So many doctors are answering Haiti's call for medical aid that the largest hospital in Port-au-Prince has a new problem: organizing and finding good use for them all.

"I think there is a lot of confusion," said Marivittoria Rava, a longtime volunteer with the charity Friends of the Orphans, which runs a children's hospital now caring for some post-operative patients from the general hospital.

Rava said that medical supplies and resources have improved, but the crush of volunteer doctors in Port-au-Prince can complicate treatment in the city while there is great need for help in other places hit by the earthquake.

The general hospital has nine operating rooms, but a near platoon of volunteer surgeons. That leaves many standing by for work, though there are relatively few nurses.

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Kristin   January 25th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

I would like to nominate Larry King, George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Jeraldo, John Walsh, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush; and all of the doctors & nurses in Haiti aiding the victims, as CNN HEROS for 2010. Their heroic and selfless efforts in covering this story, taking initiative, and being responsible for the outpouring of support and abundance that has followed their extraordinary coverage of this devastating event. We are all One. Everything is conscious. When we understand consciousness, we understand each other and the world, and our separation to it falls away....It's all for LOVE....L.O.V.E


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

And where is the surprise or confusion on a urgent need for a large number of nurses coming from? I certainly hope this utter lack of intelligence is not coming from the US Military!

Given the scope of the damage regarding nearly 80% of all the buildings in a large area including the heavily congested capital of Haiti, the number of dead (200,000), the large number of amputee's and crushing injury's OBVIOUSLY is going to need a great number of nurses to tend to those recovering victims.

Did someone actually think those horrific wounds heal overnight or by themselves without regular medical treatments and attention?

This is yet another behind the 8-Ball realization which should never have occurred. From day one the huge scope of the disaster would tell those 'in charge' that a massive need for properly trained nurses would be urgently needed THEN not come to that conclusion some 2 weeks later!

Sounds like a very large cluster Frack to me! To many Roosters without a clue and not enough people actually doing the work!


Patrick Kerr   January 25th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

Housing seems to be an immediate need in Haiti.
What ever happened to the thousands of mobile trailers that the US Government bought after Katrina for the displaced in New Orleans? I know a good number of them didn't meet our building codes and were never occupied and sat outside the city on higher ground for months.


maryrm   January 26th, 2010 12:05 am ET

The general hospital has nine operating rooms, but a near platoon of volunteer surgeons. That leaves many standing by for work, though there are relatively few nurses.
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are they saying that doctors don't know how to change dressing? if there is a shortage of nurses, surely the doctors can do their best to fill in where they are needed rather than 'stand by' waiting for doctor duties.


Britanny   January 26th, 2010 5:37 pm ET

Poor people of Haiti they need all the help they can get, doctors please: do everything you can do, not only what doctors are expect to do, you are also human beings and can do what nurses do as well!!!


Britanny   January 26th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Poor people of Haiti they need all the help they can get, doctors please: do everything you can do, not only what doctors are expected to do, you are also human beings and can do what nurses do as well!!!


Dennis Coleman   January 26th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

one solution to consider is to evacuate the city of Port a Prince, use some of the money collected to pay for demolition of entire city and pay able body Hatians to help clear the land and dead bodies before desease spreads throuht the land. only rescue teams and workers should be allowed in the city.


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