Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: Medics Warn of Deadly Infections and Disease Risk for 3 Million People

Medics treating survivors of the Haitian earthquake have warned the next big challenge is saving as many as three million hungry, injured and homeless people from deadly infections and diseases.

As the pace of food and medical aid arriving into the impoverished country increased, doctors say that public health is now Haiti's major concern.

Mobile hospitals which have sprung up around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince are already overwhelmed with casualties as the last remaining survivors are pulled from the rubble.

With long waits for treatment, thousands living in close quarters at makeshift camps and severely disrupted water supplies, there is an immediate threat of tetanus and gangrene to those who are injured as well as a risk from measles, meningitis and other infections.