As we have been keeping you posted along the way of Israel's activities in Haiti, it's time to write that the IDF's medical and rescue team who were originally serving in Haiti finishes its operations today.
Close to 1000 people have been treated in the hospital – many of whom were children. Around 300 life-saving operations were carried out and 16 babies born.
Today the team will cease receiving new patients and begin preparing to return home tomorrow. There are still a few dozen patients being treated at the tented field hospital – they will apparently be transferred to the American hospital, with others will be transferred to additional medical facilities.
Part of the equipment brought by the delegation will remain in Haiti for use by the various medical teams. This includes, tents, medications and other medical equipment. The so-called 'heavy equipment' will be brought back to Israel.
The team left for Haiti on January 15, and had a significant role in providing aid to survivors of the earthquake. In these last few days, much of the delegation's efforts were turned to other forms of civilian assistance, including setting up water tanks and assisting in daily life.
The IDF Medical Corps and the Home Front Command once back in Israel, will be holding a series of briefings in order to examine the whole mission and it's effectiveness. This will naturally become a part of the preparedness for any similar future event occurring here – something the media is aflush with these days.
Job well done team!
Middle East Correspondent