Haitian Relief Update

Physicians from various parts of North Carolina representing a variety of specialties continue to provide care for victims of the Haitian earthquake.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported that a group of 14 medical professionals from Duke University Medical Center would be traveling to Haiti today. Read the story at: http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/world/haiti/story/6958734/.

WWAY-TV in Wilmington reported on the return of a group of physicians and nurses who treated about 140 patients and performed 20 surgeries at a clinic 80 miles north of the earthquake-damaged capital of Port-Au-Prince.  More details at: http://www.wwaytv3.com/wilmington_medical_teams_home_haiti/02/2010.

Also returning home was Steven Landau, MD, a family physician from Smithfield. Dr. Landau said he treated about 100 patients at clinics set up by the non-profit organization Amurt in two locations for two and a half days. He also visited the UN Health and Agriculture clusters, toured Grace Hospital and other places to help orient an assessment team from the Global Volunteer Network (GVN), which will be placing 3000 volunteers in Haiti. More on his visit is reported by NBC 17 in Raleigh at: http://johnston.mync.com/site/Johnston/news/story/47625/smithfield-doctor-returns-home-after-humanitarian-trip-to-haiti/.

Accompanying Dr. Landau was Romain Athus, MD, who works at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield. Dr. Athus is Haitian and plans to return to his homeland soon to continue providing medical care.

Eleven health care workers from the Greenville area went to Haiti last week to work with another group of workers from New York. St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville held a special service for the team before they departed.  The story is reported by the Greenville Daily Reflector at http://www.reflector.com/news/11-local-health-care-workers-are-heading-help-haiti-21385.

Journalists Peter Baker and Joseph Berger reported Monday in the New York Times that the federal government had agreed to reimburse US hospitals that were treating Haitian earthquake victims.  The action was aimed at encouraging hospitals outside of Florida to receive patients, following reports that hospitals in the Sunshine State were at or over capacity. The story can be read at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/world/americas/02airlift.html?scp=1&sq=Haiti,%2520hospitals&st=cse.

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