Nassau, The Bahamas - Teams from Samaritans Purse, a Crime and Disaster Response organization, have worked around the clock over the past week to set up an Emergency Response Hospital in the Bahamas.
The 40-bed facility will feature an outpatient department and emergency room.
There will be an operating room—with capacity for 10 surgeries per day—and an obstetrics ward with delivery room.
A team of 80 medical specialists helped set up the facility, that looks like something from Mars, with white plastic walls made from emergency shelter material.
Those same staff members will treat up to 100 patients per day.
The group shared a video of the hospital on twitter.
An estimated 30 tons of emergency relief was flown to the islands by Samaritans Purse in the last week to set up the hospital, which included household water filter and two community filtration units that turn saltwater into drinking water.
The organization is also using a small plane and helicopter to support our work on the islands and to allow team members to access hard-to-reach areas.
“Families in the Bahamas are suffering and millions of others are bracing for Dorian’s impact as the storm continues to move,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse.
Hurricane Dorian made multiple landfalls in the Bahamas on Sept. 1, packing maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts up to 225 mph.
Emergency rescues continue across the islands.
The death toll has climbed to 45 and will likely continue to rise. Hundreds are missing.
An estimated 70,000 people are homeless after the storm.