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HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary Report, Jan. 21

HHS response updates today include:

  • Secretary Sebelius released a statement on efforts to unite Haitian children who recently arrived in Pittsburgh with prospective parents.  Click here to read the statement.
  • HHS medical teams treated approximately 2,160 patients on Jan. 20.  HHS medical teams have seen more than 7,260 patients since they began providing patient care in Haiti.
  • The most common medical conditions being treated are traumatic injuries and exacerbations of chronic disease. On Jan. 20, HHS medical teams performed ten surgeries and delivered three babies in the temporary medical station set up in a soccer field near the GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince.
  • HHS teams from around the U.S. are providing medical care at several locations in and around Port au Prince
    • A Disaster Medical Assistance Team and an HHS International Medical Surgical Response Team are providing patient care in a soccer field near a GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince.
    • One of our Disaster Medical Assistance Teams is at a staging facility triaging patients to be flown by helicopter for treatment aboard Comfort.
    • Additional teams are providing care in and around the U.S. embassy and at a Forward Operating Base established in Petionville.
  • More than 7,230 American citizens have returned to the U.S. from Haiti as of January 20 at 9 a.m. EST through various ports of entry in Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida.  HHS Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Repatriation (ORR) assessed the travelers for immediate needs and provided almost 3,000 with assistance, such as medical attention, food, short-term lodging, transportation or logistics for their onward flights in the United States.