Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2009—
Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.
A second MSF plane is currently on its way and scheduled to land today in Port- au-Prince at around 10 am local time with additional lifesaving medical material and the rest of the equipment for the hospital. If this plane is also rerouted then the installation of the hospital will be further delayed, in a situation where thousands of wounded are still in need of life saving treatment.
Doctors Without Borders/MSF has already treated thousands of victims in their mobile surgical units and need these additional units, personell and supplies to expand their efforts. You can donate safely and securely and claim it on your United States taxes by clicking on the GIF Button at the side of the blog.