Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday October 4, 2016 with 145 mph winds, two feet of rain and storm surge, killing over 1,000 and displacing more than 60,000 people. The category 4 storm left behind rising rivers and several fundamental access points, bridges, roads, hospitals, schools and homes have been severely damaged.
NOAH NY conducted an emergency visit on October 12th through October 16th, 2016 to fully assess the needs and create an action plan to respond to the urgent needs within the next six weeks.
Saint-Jean du Sud: A commune in the arrondissement of Port-Salut. The town was struck with a large deforestation, a significant loss of homes, and the agriculture and farming were severely destroyed. The team noted a lack of staff and medical supplies in the existing health clinic. Most of the patients who were seen suffered from dehydration, fractures, wounds and injuries from the hurricane and inevitable lack of food and nutrition. The NOAH NY team was able to see pregnant women as well as deliver a baby while they were there.
Ducis: A place with a very small population in the south of Haiti. The population in this area has lost almost everything. There is a great need for shelter, food and water. The patients seen during our visit suffered from wounds, and had signs of dehydration.
Camp-Perrin: A commune in the arrondissement of Les Cayes. This town was also struck with a large deforestation, a significant loss of homes, and the agriculture and farming were severely destroyed. The 153 patients seen at the local health clinic suffered from a variety of symptoms to include, dehydration, wounds to be cleaned, skin rashes, posttraumatic stress disorder and many suffered from hypertension.
Jérémie: A commune and capital city of the department of Grand’Anse, in Haiti with a population of about 97,503 people and is one of the largest places in Haiti. The NOAH NY team visited and worked at the local St Antoine Hospital for two days, where we treated several post hurricane wounds and related injuries, they also attended to many of the in patients as well as the out patients who came for treatment. Upon our arrival, it is important to note that the Administrative Director (Dr. Concepcia Pamphile) stated that NOAH NY was the first medical responder who visited and spent one day seeing and treating patients as well as made a delivery of 6 bags full of medication and supplies to the hospital administrator for distribution to the patients.
Hurricane Matthew significantly impacted an already weak health care system with limited specialty physicians as well as treatments and medical supplies. In addition, the population in the south of Haiti will suffer a long period of minimal farming and agriculture due to the destruction of existing ones and the inability to start all over again in a near future to the financial hardship they face. The people who have lost their homes and have no shelter are now exposed to a greater number of health issues that will require immediate attention before it creates an epidemic or evolve to other serious ones.
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