TORONTO, April 20, 2010 – Canadian Medical Assistance Teams’ seventh team of medical volunteers departed Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport Tuesday morning and arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti early Tuesday afternoon. CMAT continues to provide medical assistance in the quake-ravaged region, and has established an ongoing partnership to provide medical volunteers to staff the JP HRO (Jenkins/Penn Haiti Relief Organization)’s medical centre located at The Pétionville Club.
Volunteers continue to treat a significant amount of primary health and maternal/ newborn health care concerns. “The Internally Displaced Persons’ [IDP] camp which is situated on the golf course of The Pétionville Club has an estimated population of 60,000 to 90,000 people.” reports Valerie Rzepka, Registered Nurse and CMAT Chairperson, who participated as a member of CMAT’s assessment team to Haiti in January. “The clinic sees between 200 and 300 patients needing medical treatment for a wide range of illnesses and injuries, and delivers as many as 3 or 4 babies each day. The people here have ongoing medical needs, including dehydration, wound infections, and other primary care needs, and CMAT is proud to be able to coordinate medical volunteers to provide them with the best care we can possible give.”
CMAT teams have been working closely with our American partners, International Medical Assistance Team (IMAT), and the Jenkins/Penn Haiti Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Over the coming weeks CMAT expects to rotate additional medical teams in and out of the area.CMAT’s medical volunteer team members who are now stationed in Haiti include:
CMAT Primary Health Care Team 7:
- Yasmeen Jabbar, Registered Nurse and Team Leader from London, ON.
- Dr. Joanne Perry, Physician from Ottawa, ON.
- Ruby Dyall, Registered Nurse from Grand Banks, NFLD
- Robin Parfitt, Registered Nurse from Vancouver, BC
- Marcie Harrison, Registered Nurse from Abbottsford, BC
- Melissa Glen, Registered Nurse from Vancouver, BC
- Nathan Kelly, Registered Nurse from Grimsby, ON
- Dorothy McEachern, Registered Practical Nurse from Fergus, ON
- Christina Coambs, ACP Paramedic from Calgary, AB
- Imran Jabbar, Student Intern from London, ON.
CMAT – Canadian Medical Assistance Teams continues to appeal for aid and asks for your help and generosity by making a donation to support our medical teams in their efforts to assist the Haitian people.