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HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary, Jan. 23

HHS response updates today include:

  • HHS medical teams have seen more than 8,000 patients since they began providing patient care in Haiti.
  • As of midnight, Jan. 23, HHS teams had performed 30 surgeries so far and delivered 8 babies.
  • 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 continue to provide patient care in a soccer field near a GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince.
    • DMAT team continues to provide medical support to USNS Comfort by providing care to patients prior to transfer to the ship.
    • Additional teams are providing care in and around the U.S. embassy and at a Forward Operating Base established in Petionville.
  • HHS and CDC, along with WHO and Haitian Health Ministry, launched a pilot study assessing public health risks in over 30 sentinel sites around the capital city.  The study will be expanded as rapid assessment surveys.
  • More than 12,000 American citizens have returned to the U.S. from Haiti as of 12 a.m., Jan. 23 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 over 11,000 with assistance, such as medical attention, food, short-term lodging, transportation or logistics for their onward flights in the United States.