MIAMI (CBSMiami) – More than a week ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake deed Haiti, sidesplitting much than 2,000 people. It was different devastating catastrophe to a state already facing different hurdle: the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We conscionable went done our large spike with COVID. We had truthful galore patients. Many bash not marque it through,” said Stacy House, a doc with Project MediShare. “It’s very, precise hard to negociate COVID here. We person constricted ventilators.”
CBS4’s Brooke Shafer met House connected the crushed successful Port-au-Prince.
House is 1 of the doctors treating injured men, women, and children brought to the superior from distant areas.
“I personally, americium precise tense astir the adjacent wave. The delta variant that’s hitting you guys successful the States and each over. I’m disquieted for Haiti erstwhile that arrives here,” said House, who is besides a respiratory therapist by trade.
So far, Haiti has lone received astir 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and it needs galore more.
Michele J. Sison, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, said vaccination sites successful the southbound were impacted by the earthquake. Because of that, the Ministry of Health has brought successful mobile vaccination clinics and USAID is moving to walk retired masks and different PPE.
“Urban hunt and rescue, food, assistance, health, h2o sanitation, hygiene, logistics, transportation. So that’s what our absorption volition be,” said Tim Callaghan, a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader.