In Newly Revealed Emails, Hillary Asks Why US Can’t Set Up Field Hospital Like Israel in Haiti
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton wondered why the US was not setting up a field hospital in Haiti as Israel had done following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, one of Clinton’s emails released by the State Department last Friday revealed.
In a message dated Jan. 18, 2010 to State Department officials , including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, Clinton pondered a few “questions arising from press reports.”
One such question Clinton asked was: “Why can Israel set up a full field hospital w [sic] operating rooms and the US military can’t/won’t and only offers surgery on the Carl Vinson which has to fly patients over and even flew Sanjay Gupta there to do an operation since they did not have a neurosurgeon?”
Clinton — who visited Haiti just a few days prior to sending the email — was referring to the rapid deployment of on-the-ground aid sent by Israel following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, killing tens of thousands.
While Israel set up the field hospital to treat thousands of victims, the US was providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations on board the USS Carl Vinson, which had anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince on January 15. CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon, briefly became a part of the story unfolding in disaster-stricken Haiti when he was flown to the Carl Vinson to perform surgery.
Ultimately, the efforts of the Israel Defense Forces aid mission in Haiti were widely recognized. Intel called the field hospital and other aid efforts a “model for crisis care.”
A 2010 company report by Intel said: “By combining medical equipment, mobile technology and Electronic Records Management (EMR) the IDF succeeded in: Responding early to the critical medical needs of earthquake victims; establishing efficient medical pathways to ensure the best use of limited resources; ensuring that essential patient information was available where it was needed and that it could be shared with experts wherever they were located.”
Israel again provided extensive aid relief to Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the capital of Kathmandu on April 25 this year.