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In the Midst of Chaos
For Doctors Without Borders and others on the frontline of this catastrophe, the previous lack of effective and functioning infrastructure adds to the challenge of serving the thousands of severely injured people who need emergency help.
The public health system was strained before the earthquake hit, and much of the infrastructure that existed before has been devastated. All three health centers run by Doctors Without Borders were severely affected and cannot be used; one collapsed entirely.
We have set up tents and people are even arriving at our administrative offices. The best we can offer at the moment is first-aid care and stabilization. But the severe traumas — head wounds, crushed limbs — requires specialized care and support, so our major priority and focus is to re-establish as soon as possible a secondary level of surgical capacity in the country.
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