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Haiti's Quake Survivors Seek Care in Dominican Republic

UNICEF hopes to have safe spaces for all under five children in Port au Prince by the end of the week.

Haitian child in Santo Domingo
Haitian child in Santo Domingo
Photo and video courtesy: UN

(SANTO DOMINGO/SALEM) - As the logistical challenges that have hampered the relief effort in Haiti begin to get ironed out, some of the injured have been brought to the Dominican Republic.

The Dario Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo is the city’s primary care center. Staff there have been mobilized to treat Haitians, especially children who have been suffering from injuries sustained in last week’s devastating earthquake.

The children, at the hospital range in age from one month to fourteen years.

Dr. Antonio Coplin at Dario Contreras Hospital said, “We have received many children. I couldn’t say how many because I don’t have the totals. But there are several children with fractures and trauma.”

Hospitals along the border, particularly the town of Jimani have been inundated with Haitians seeking treatment for trauma, crush injuries and exhaustion. These facilities say they simply do not have the capacity to treat all these patients and the growing demand, so they’re brought here to facilities in Santo Domingo, the Dario Contreras hospital.

The hospital is just the first step for these children. UNICEF is working with the National Council of Children to create safe spaces for them when it comes time to leave.

Dominican women, meanwhile, are ensuring that the babies have adequate food.

Another physician, Dr. Hector Quezada,Director, Dario Contreras Hospital, said, "A lot of infant children have arrived at the hospital without their parents. They need mother’s milk to continue to live. And some women have volunteered as breast feeders. We currently have some Dominican mothers who have donated their milk to feed these infants. This is a gesture of a generosity and solidarity of mankind."

UNICEF will be working with the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to meet the medical needs of children and their families and also to establish facilities to help them deal with their psychological trauma.

It hopes to have safe spaces for all under five children in Port au Prince by the end of the week.

Special thanks to the UN video crews on the ground in Haiti and the Dominican Republic:

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address:

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Louce Laine January 25, 2010 11:20 am (Pacific time)

Please we are looking for a very well known Doctor By the name of Dr. LAINE JOSMITH WE have reason to believe he is in a hospital in the Dominican Republic 3days after the disaster the radio received a text from him, he is alive to come get him under the rumbles of the Perfection auto ecole in Delmas 28. He have an orphanage in Laplaine Haiti a male in his 40, We search all of haiti hospital our only hope!! is in the Dominican republic hospitals Because they were the first to help with airlifing and anbulances truck ext..(God bless you guys) we have pic of him in hi5 also cnn/missing person. PLEASE HAVE YOU SEEN HIM. cell 863-419-6543

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