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HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary Report, Jan. 29

  • The HHS medical teams have reported seeing more than 18,500 patients so far, approximately 1,360 yesterday, Jan. 28.
  • Since they began seeing patients Jan 17, HHS medical teams have performed 63 surgeries and delivered 23 babies.
  • HHS currently has approximately 270 people deployed in Haiti to support relief efforts.
    • A Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the HHS 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 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams continue to provide primary care at Thebaud, 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 are reporting a decrease in the number of patients with traumatic injuries, and an increasing number of patients with chronic disease, wound care or basic care.
  • Public health experts from HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are participating on teams conducting rapid assessments of ongoing surveillance of health conditions in Haiti.  Teams are creating snapshots of the current situation related to water safety, food supply, shelter conditions, and other health threats at over 50 sentinel surveillance sites. These data will be used to develop and prioritize immediate interventions.  CDC experts have developed with international partners a public health surveillance instrument for ongoing assessments of types and numbers cases of disease, injury, and other health conditions. The surveillance is being piloted over the next week in hospitals and other health facilities across Haiti. 
  • Approximately 18,096 American citizens have returned to the U.S. as of midnight Jan. 29. Of these, approximately 6,609 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.
  • Children who are coming from Haiti who have been matched with an adoptive family but who do not yet have legal guardians are placed in the custody of the Federal government, and are the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  As of Jan. 29 at 9:00 a.m., approximately 200 unaccompanied Haitian children have been put under the care of ORR.  Of these, 177 were released to sponsors and 23 unaccompanied Haitian children are being cared for at ORR-designated facilities.  Sponsors are typically prospective adoptive parents who had already begun the process to adopt the child.