Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti: Vodka and hacksaws

Sixty Minutes (video, 12 mins long); doctors explaining how they are amputating without adequate supplies. Civil War medicine indeed.

Of note: the United States has evacuated 4 patients for treatment. The country of Martinique has reportedly accepted 200. Why this large discrepancy? Is Haiti's and Martinique's shared relationship with France somehow greasing the wheels? Are the patients able to go to Martinique because they are bypassing the congested airport (it's an island as well)? Has the US chosen to focus on on-site treatment and infrastructure rather than evacuation--is that a better long-run strategy? Are there immigration difficulties?

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