Hunched on benches, curled up in chairs or even lying on the floor, those injured in the powerful earthquake that wreaked havoc on Haiti on Saturday crowded an overburdened hospital near the epicenter. The emergency room in Les Cayes, in southwestern Haiti, which was devastated by the 7.2-magnitude quake on Saturday morning that killed at least 724 people, is expecting reinforcements to help treat some of the thousands of injured.
“At the time of the earthquake, there were only three doctors in the emergency service,” said Dr Michelet Paurus. “This morning, it’s getting better because we received orthopedists, surgeons and almost 42 residents distributed across all the hospitals of the department.”
Dr Rudolphe Steven Jacques, 26, came to the hard-hit area from the capital Port-au-Prince.
Doctors and patients jostle in the small hospital rooms, as even more patients pour in.
“Many more injured are still arriving this morning, I wasn’t expecting that. They are coming from more remote areas,” Jacques said, adding the emergency service workers were “doing our best to treat people.”
The violent quake destroyed over 13,600 buildings and thousands more were damaged, trapping hundreds of people under rubble and leaving more than 5,700 injured, the country’s civil protection agency said.
People are afraid to go back inside, but tonight it’s going to rain,” said Paurus, moving swiftly between departments.
“We’re going to try to make them come inside this room because the roof is sheet metal. For the children in the pediatric ward, we’re going to try to set up tents in the courtyard,” he added.
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