Last updated: January 15, 2010

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Only one hospital open in Haiti's quake-hit capital

AN Argentine-staffed hospital is the only one operating in Haiti's earthquake devastated capital, and is struggling to cope with huge numbers of injured, its director told Argentine television.

"The Argentine hospital is the only one open'' in the capital of more then two million, director Daniel Desimone told Todo Noticias.

"Haiti's hospitals have collapsed,'' he said, after yesterday's major 7.0-strength quake.

"We are having to make do with just the (Argentine) hospital to meet the needs of the (peacekeeping) mission and the entire population of Haiti,'' which tops nine million people.

"The situation is really critical because we cannot cope with this many dead and injured,'' Mr Desimone said.

"There are a lot of dead people in the streets, a lot of injured,'' he added.

"More than 800 people have been cared for, mostly women and children. A lot of children were left by their parents at the hospital, when the parents were going back out to search for family members,'' Mr Desimone said.


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