There have been many deadly natural disasters in recent years, including the East Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, but Dr. Gupta says he's never seen anything like what's happening in Haiti.
Dr. Gupta says this crisis worries him more than all the others. "You've got to think about where Haiti started," he says. "This is a country that's, as you know, one of the most impoverished in this part of the world. But as a reflection of that, the medical infrastructure was terrible. [It was] really nonexistent in so many places. It has one of the worst physician-to-patient ratios anywhere in the world. That was the starting point eight days ago."
Now, with a sudden decrease in number of hospitals and medical personnel and an increase in the number of patients, Dr. Gupta says it's hard to imagine how Haiti will ever catch up. "With the tsunami, people either lived or they died. People who lived, they needed basic supplies like food and water, but for the most part, they weren't injured," he says. "People here lived, but they live with catastrophic injuries, and they need that care."
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