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HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary Report, Jan. 26

HHS response updates today include:

  • HHS missions include primary care in and around the U.S. Embassy, hospital decompression and surgical augmentation, and technical assistance in public health.
    • A Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the International Medical Surgical Response Team continue to provide patient care using temporary medical stations set up in a soccer field near a GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince.
    • Additional teams are assigned to provide primary care at the U.S. embassy and at a Forward Operating Base in Petionville, as well as to assist with medical screening for passengers at the airport and triage patients flown aboard the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort.
    • The teams have reported seeing more than 11,600 patients so far, including approximately 825 yesterday, Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Public health experts from the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are coordinating with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in public health efforts to support the people of Haiti.
    • The initial efforts focused on joining with national and international partners to meet urgent public health needs, and establishing liaisons and coordination needed for successful, long-range public health programs in response to the earthquake.
    • CDC staff in Haiti are working with the Haitian Ministry of Health and PAHO to do public health assessments that are mapping current health threats in Haitian communities. The assessments focus on sanitation and water, shelter and health.  
  • Approximately 14,185 American citizens have returned to the U.S. as of midnight Jan. 24. Of these, approximately 5,800 received Administration for Children and Families (ACF)-funded services assistance, such as medical attention, food, short-term lodging, transportation or logistics for their onward flights in the United States. These services were coordinated by the state emergency repatriation team.