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February 11th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Saving Haiti at any cost

It's been a month since the earthquake hit Haiti. While the death toll now tops 200,000, many victims with critical injuries have been saved thanks to hospitals here in the United States.

But that care comes with a price. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Port-au-Prince and reports on a relief fund that is reimbursing U.S. hospitals for caring for Haiti's quake victims.

Full coverage: Haiti earthquake

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Native American Children in South and North Dakota gravely need your help with food, medicine, shelter and many of them have no power while the horrific blizzard sweeps over their reservations.

    Navajo Background: "Centuries of abuse and neglect of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States has not ended. Our reservations are still like third world countries. When massive ice storms and high winds hit the reservations in the Dakotas mid January poor housing, weak heating systems, sparse cupboards, lack of warm clothing and health problems make it difficult to survive. Add to that a utilities infrastructure that was brought to its knees on the Cheyenne River Reservation when 3000 poles and power lines came down from 6 inches of ice weight also crippling the water system. Ongoing storm conditions hampered repair. The reservation has been without power since Jan. 21st and Federal funds are still weeks away".

    The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Home Assistance) programs ran out of winter funding in early December.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Chris Corley

    The temporary situation dictates the current remedies. However, long term focus should be on building the infrastructure to support Haiti's own without transporting the patients out of the country.
    In order to accomplish that, the US has to convince Haitian President Preval to discard the graft and bribes that is usual in order to get businesses to invest in the country.
    After that, construction of wind farms and solar array fields needs to be set up in Gonaives and east of Port au Prince.
    Then the construction of modular houses in guarded communities that also have medical clinics, Red Cross canteens, surgical hospitals, and assistance distribution centers.
    Of course mosquito control efforts and a viable fire/rescue wll be necessary. Law Enforcement has to be stood up with ethical and responsible persons, not he thugs and gangsters that they have now patrolling the streets.

    February 11, 2010 at 11:46 am |