Saturday, October 30, 2010

We arrived safely in Port au Prince yesterday.   Today and tomorrow we are purchasing meds, IV fluids, and 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 spends her days going to different places to educate how not to get cholera and what to do if you do get it. 

Below is an update that we received from Dr. Joey about conditions.   Please pray that a truck comes our way.  Not having transportation in Haiti is crippling.  Love V

 From Dr. Joey --

Yesterday we worked at a place call Douin, which is about 18 miles away from Lester. It's hard to believe the number of cholera cases that we found. We finished working at 7 pm, not because we saw all the patients, but because we didn't have a projector to work through the night. We first stopped at the nearest hospital, which is about 30 minutes drive from the next village, where we worked and 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 on the spot and use the tree branches as iv poles. One of our objectives is to keep the outbreak from reaching Lester and St Marc. At this point, we can use all the help that we can get. There's another 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 number 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. We are also doing a lot education with the population.

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