Thursday, October 28, 2010

Arrived in Port on 10-26

We arrived safely in Port au Prince yesterday. Today and tomorrow we are purchasing meds, IV fluids, tubing supplies to take out to Dr. Joey. Right now we are in port making up rehydration bottles. to take out. water bottles with 8 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt. We are trying to use our time wisely. After seeing the report from the US military Kez does not know how we are not having a major outbreak here in Port. Every day she spend her days going to different places to educate how not to get this or what to do if you do get it.

below is the update that we received from him about conditions. Please pray a truck comes out way. Not having transportation in Haiti is crippling. Love V

yesterday we worked at a place call Douin, which is about 18 miles away from Lester. It's hard to believe the amount of cholera cases that we found, we finished working at 7pm, not because we saw all the patients, but because we didn't have a projector to work trough the night. We first stopped at the nearest hospital which is about 30 minutes drive from the next village where we worked and in that hospital we had to share some of our materials and medicines, because they were all out. In that particular hospital, which you will see in the pictures, over 30 people have died in the past 3 days. When we arrived in the village of Douin, most of the people that were sick were unable to walk to the hospital, and because the road is so bad we had to rehydrate them in spot and use the tree branches as iv pol. One of our objective is to avoid the outbreak from reaching, Lester and St Marc. At this point we can use all the help that we can get. There's an other village further down that we weren't able to reach because of flood and the 4by4 truck couldn't make it, so imagine those who have to walk to the hospital. So we have no idea of the amount of victims there are in that village. At this point we can't be sure of how many people have died from the disease, although the news has shown some numbers. The crew that helped me in that trip is with a group call OPERATION GOD BLESSING. What we need the most is to buy iv's, oral rehydration kits, and some antibiotics. Please let me know your thoughts, I will work all this week in that region and we are also doing a lot education with the population.

Vanessa A. Carpenter

Angel Missions Haiti - Director

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