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HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary, Jan. 24

HHS response updates today include:

  • HHS medical teams have seen more than 9,500 patients since they began providing patient care in Haiti.
  • As of 12 a.m., Jan. 24, HHS teams had performed 36 surgeries.
  • 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.
    • Additional teams continue to provide care in and around the U.S. embassy and at a Forward Operating Base established in Petionville.
    • The first HHS medical teams deployed in response to the earthquake in Haiti are returning to Georgia, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida. Replacement teams are coming from Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio and other areas of Florida.
    • HHS is sending a team of medical professionals through the National Disaster Medical System to Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida to assist with the medical needs of U.S. citizens as they return from Haiti.
  • More than 13,300 American citizens have returned to the U.S. from Haiti as of 12 a.m., Jan. 24 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 5,200 with assistance, such as medical attention, food, short-term lodging, transportation or logistics for their onward flights in the United States.