So it never happened? Hoqw about this from NewOrleansIndymedia? Is Dr O'keefe lying? Even Fox is mentioned. THAT should do it.<quoted text>
NBC? The "No Birth Certificate" station. Please!
As Public Health Crisis Continues, Bush Fails to Act on Cuban Offer of 1,100 Doctors
by Karen O'Keefe Saturday, Sep. 03, 2005 at 9:47 PM
Hurricane victims from New Orleans desperately need medical attention, and there are not enough doctors available to meet all of their needs. However, the federal government has not yet accepted Cuba’s offer to send 1,100 doctors with more than 20 tons of medicine.
The front page of the Saturday New York Times features a grim photo of elderly patients -- some in critical condition -- lying on conveyer belts and stretchers at the New Orleans airport. There is not a nurse, doctor, or hospital bed in sight. A Times article explains that more than 2,000 patients were evacuated there from hospitals, and many died while awaiting evacuation to another hospital. As a Saturday headline on WLBT-TV, Jackson read:“Many dying at airport for lack of medical care.” As of Friday afternoon, a few hundred patients remained.
Shelters housing evacuees were also unable to fully meet their medical needs. An Associated Press article entitled “Astrodome Triage Center Treating Hundreds” discusses more than 11,000 refugees at the Astrodome with only 50 doctors to attend to their needs. A doctor who ordinarily treats only 30 patients in an eight hour day saw 50 patients in four hours.
The need of those still trapped in New Orleans itself is even more dire, where minor cuts can quickly become dangerous infections due to the toxic waters, and where for five days people have been without adequate food, water, medications, sanitation, and other necessities. By Saturday night, a typical news headline read,“New Orleans Left for the Dead and Dying.”
News accounts continued to point to ever-increasing numbers of residents seeking medical treatment, and the ability of the already overworked healthcare personnel to deal with the flow of patients is at a breaking point. FOX News Medical correspondent Dr. Steven Glorsky, working alongside other medical personnel to treat evacuees in Baton Rouge, said “Many people might think there are enough people here, and there are not. We just need help.” He added,“We have a crisis in there.”
Adding to the problem is decreasing availability of medical supplies in New Orleans. Another problem is that many of the evacuees seeking help simply do not know what medications they are on, but they still need them as soon as possible..
With most of the city covered by standing water filled with sewage, fuels, toxic chemicals, and unknown numbers of corpses, officials and experts warn that residents risk a host of health problems. For example, there is also a concern these conditions create a favorable atmosphere for mosquitoes to multiply and spread West Nile Virus and malaria. Dr. Steven Garner told FOX News, "These are highly contagious diseases, and as people begin to experience the diarrhea and vomiting, it'll spread because we have people in very close quarters now in the Astrodome or wherever they are."
Infectious disease expert Dr. Sanford Kuvin explained to Palm Beach Daily News that the lack of adequate medical care could result in dangerous outbreaks of otherwise preventable and treatable diseases such as cholera and hepatitis.
With patients across New Orleans receiving limited care after enduring days in extreme heat and without adequate water, food, medications, and electricity, President Fidel Castro of Cuba offered on Friday to send an initial 100 doctors to help deal with the medical crisis, and to send 1,000 more doctors by Sunday. But, the U.S. federal government has not accepted the offer, as the death toll continues to mount.