Emergency Operations Center Situation Report #8 - Haiti Earthquake - English | Spanish | French | Portuguese
- A strong magnitude 5.9 aftershock (USGS) rocked Haiti this morning. Reports indicate some collapse of buildings but no loss of life.
- There are now 43 search-and-rescue teams in Haiti, made up of 1,820 rescue workers and 175 dogs searching for survivors in affected areas.
- There are more than 280 sites where people are spontaneously resettling themselves (mainly in parks and open spaces).
- CARICOM, the Caribbean Community Secretariat, is establishing a sea bridge between Kingston, Jamaica and Jacmel, Haiti, and the road is being repaired between Jacmel and Portau-Prince.
- WFP has identified four food distribution sites to serve the 14 settlement areas. On 18 January, teams were dispatched to assess the security and infrastructure needs of these sites and WFP will start distributions from them imminently.
- Water and sanitation evaluations were carried out today in four hospitals in Port- au-Prince (Isaie Jeanty hospital, Choscal Hospital, Diquini and Delmas 33).
- PROMESS continues to serve as the central distribution hub for all pharmaceuticals in Haiti, where PAHO/WHO has increased its capacity to stock and deliver drugs to other agencies or organizations providing healthcare. For this purpose, they have mobilized extra staff and logistics equipment. More than 40 organizations have received drugs to date.
- Today the PROMESS warehouse received the second tranche of a major donation from the Reina Sofia Foundation. Among other technical expertise, PAHO/WHO is mobilizing pharmacists and physicians to help PROMESS operations.
- The National Commission for the Management of the Crisis set up by the Ministry of Health has requested a permanent PAHO/WHO presence in the Ministry of Health to liaise with the Health Cluster. This commission has established the following priorities:
- Set up mobile clinics in all camps o Reinforce or establish fix health clinics
- Field hospitals
HEALTH CLUSTER COORDINATION
See the daily Health Cluster Bulletin at www.paho.org/disasters
- Logistic support (specifically provision of medical supplies
- Post-surgical follow up of the patients
- Gaps in water and sanitation
- A network of mobile clinics for areas where the population has resettled
- Orthopedic surgeons (relevant for one week more)
- Security for mobile health teams and health posts
- Healthcare waste management
For further information on the situation in Haiti, please go to www.paho.org/disasters and http://twitter.com/pahoeoc
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 14:55