Samaritan’s Purse made its first airlift of the Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas on September 5, at the request of the World Health Organization and the government of the Bahamas. Multiple flights will follow.
A team of 16 staff members, including doctors and nurses, was on the flight to help set up the mobile hospital.
The 40-bed facility will have an outpatient department and emergency room, equipped to serve up to 100 patients a day. There will be an operating room—with capacity for 10 surgeries per day—and an obstetrics ward with delivery room.
In addition, Samaritan’s Purse staff members and three disaster relief units—tractor trailers stocked with tools and supplies—are already en route to coastal locations in the Carolinas. Volunteer teams will soon begin clearing debris, cutting trees, and tarping roofs in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, which continues to churn in the Atlantic as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. We were already doing rebuild work in Horry County, South Carolina, and New Bern, North Carolina, as a result of Hurricane Florence (2018).
Dorian is expected to menace the East Coast through Friday.