Doctors treat patients around the clock in Haiti's major temporary hospital

16:41, January 23, 2010      

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A Haitian woman receives treatment at a medical assistance station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 22, 2010. Nine medical teams, including US, France, Russia, China, provide medical treatments for Haiti in this station. (Xinhua/Yuan Man)

Among a group of four tents at the Port-au-Prince international airport, two are for treating quake victims, and the other two serve as warehouses for medical materials.

And this is the biggest temporary hospital in the Haitian capital, built by the United Nations. About 350 patients are being treated there.

The two tents, each with an operating room inside, were filled with patients, their caretakers and medical workers. One is only for children, and the other for adults.

Some 100 doctors and nurses from the United States, France, Spain, New Zealand, Britain and Switzerland have been treating patients around the clock. Every doctor conducted 20 to 30 operations every day.

On Friday, a Chinese medical team with over 10 members arrived at the hospital to lend a helping hand. The team members briefly talked with the director of the hospital, and were then assigned certain tasks.

Zhang Xuemei, a Chinese gynecologist and obstetrician, together with a Chinese nurse, was requested to take care of children 5 years old and younger. Once at work, Zhang began to examine a child's wounds.

Among the medical aid workers, there was a doctor from Miami University in the United States. He said that together with 18 medical staffers, he arrived in this Haitian hospital on Thursday. They would stay in Haiti for one week.

All the patients are suffering secondary infections due to delayed treatment of their injuries, and some would have to undergo amputations.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12 had killed over 110,000, the Haitian government said Friday. The quake also injured some 250,000 others and left 1 million homeless.

As the Port-au-Prince international airport is temporarily administered by U.S. troops, patients have been flown to the hospital by U.S. military helicopters or other vehicles.

Hou Shike, chief of the Chinese medical team, said doctors from different countries were jointly studying cases and carrying out operations in the hospital so that they could treat patients more effectively and quickly.

Source: Xinhua
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