Haiti hospital overwhelmed as death toll from earthquake rises to 1,297


Haiti’s hospitals are currently overwhelmed as thousands of injured resident troop in after a devastating earthquake during the weekend killed at least 1,297 people.

The 7.2 magnitude quake on Saturday destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in Haiti which is still finding its foot since it was hit by a major temblor 11 years ago.

Southwestern Haiti bore the brunt of the blow, especially in the region in and around the town of Les Cayes.

According to the country’s Civil Protection Agency,  the toll from the disaster had climbed to 1,297 on Monday and the hospitals are struggling to cope as some 5,700 people were injured.

Northwestern city of Jeremie is another badly hit area where doctors are now treating injured patients on hospital stretchers underneath trees and on mattresses by the side of the road, as healthcare centers have run out of space.

The head of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency who spoke to newsmen said,

“We do have a serious issue.”

“There are very important facilities that are dysfunctional as we speak and those that are functional are receiving an overflow of patients,” he said.

Churches, hotels, hospitals and schools were badly damaged while the walls of a prison were rent open by the violent quake, almost 14,000 houses were destroyed with several dead and the toll could still rise further.

Meanwhile, Haiti is yet to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, gang violence as well as the political started after its former President, President Joveniel Moisse was assassinated on July 7.

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