HHS Emergency Response in Haiti: Summary Report, Feb. 3
The HHS medical teams have reported seeing more than 25,300 patients so far, including approximately 700 yesterday, Feb. 2.
Since they began seeing patients Jan 17, HHS medical teams have performed 106 surgeries and delivered 29 babies.
HHS currently has approximately 275 people deployed in Haiti to support relief efforts.
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 providing care at the U.S. embassy, and the Love-a-Child facility in Fond Parisien. Teams are also assisting with medical screening for passengers at the airport.
HHS is providing approximately 30 tons of medical equipment to USAID for use in a facility where patients treated aboard the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, can be moved to receive aftercare. This 250-bed interim aftercare facility will allow more patients to receive critical and comprehensive post-operative medical care and will free up much needed medical treatment space on the USNS Comfort.
The U.S. government is making every effort to recover, identify and repatriate the remains of U.S. citizens who perished in the earthquake. An HHS Family Assistance Center (FAC) Team is working with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and families of U.S. citizens to gather information that will help identify Americans who died so they may be reunited with their families and brought to their final resting place in the United States.
HHS has provided a disaster portable morgue unit at the Port-au-Prince airport, staffed with mortuary and forensic specialists who will work with the U.S. Dept. of State and U.S. Dept. of Defense to identify remains of U.S. citizens who died in the earthquake.
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 more than 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 in hospitals and other health facilities across Haiti.
HHS has activated two Federal Coordinating Centers (FCCs) in Atlanta and Tampa as part of the National Disaster Medical System. These two centers are staffed by teams from the Department of Veterans Affairs who will meet NDMS medical evacuation flights from Haiti and arrange ground transport to place patients at appropriate hospitals. Federal Coordinating Centers in New York, NY; Lyons, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Boston, MA are put on alert in case additional capacity is needed to treat patients from Haiti who have life-threatening conditions. Additional information can be found by visiting our Web site.
Approximately 20,774 American citizens have returned to the U.S. as of midnight February 3. Of these, approximately 6,948 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.
Unaccompanied children 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 Feb. 3 at 9:00 a.m., approximately 328 unaccompanied Haitian children have been put under the care of ORR. Of these, 271 were released to sponsors and 57 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.