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Medicine running out at Haiti hospitals, clinics

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Posted: Jan 29, 2010 6:06 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Haiti, earthquake, medicine, medical, supplies, aid, doctors

The post-earthquake aid effort in Haiti is taking its toll on medical supplies.

Basic medical supplies such as antibiotics and painkillers are running dangerously low at some quake-devastated hospitals and clinics.

It's alarming to doctors who are struggling to keep up with demand.

The deputy head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti says there is a "grave need" for medicine all over Haiti.

Aid workers say the need for medicine generally falls third behind water and tents for shelter.

But the need for all three is overwhelming and it's just not possible to get supplies into Haiti fast enough or distributed in a country with ruined infrastructure.

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