Please keep pushing for medical personnel to go down and assist. Even if it's a bunch of EMTs who want to do vitals on people - to make sure their BP is doing ok - it's needed.
All Things Considered,
February 28, 2007 · Volunteer groups recently held the Greater New Orleans Medical Recovery Week. Physicians, nurses and technicians saw 500 to 600 patients a day during the event. Many who received care waited in line overnight because they had no other choice for medical and dental care.
Trailers and tents were spread out in a New Orleans East park to create a temporary medical facility.
Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Lucia Parker worked in a hospital and had medical insurance. But now that Parker's employer St. Charles General is closed, she has no job, no insurance and no care. That's why she took advantage of the Medical Recovery Week.
Dr. Teck Kim Khoo of Minnesota's Mayo Clinic came to New Orleans this week with more than 30 of his colleagues to volunteer for the service event. He said that it was a fulfilling experience to treat the people he saw in New Orleans.
During the weeklong event in New Orleans, more than 800 volunteers saw about 4,000 patients.
More than 400 doctors, dentists and nurses flew in from across the country to volunteer at the event, which saw about 600 patients on opening day. Event organizers estimate that more than 10,000 medical services will be provided by the end of the week.
Excerpt from a different interview of same topic:
To make matters worse, fewer than a third of the city's health care providers have returned. So the international relief groups Operation Blessing and Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, or RAM, came together to organize this year's fair. RAM's founder is Stan Brock.
BILL HORAN, Operation Blessing: The average number of deaths per month has increased almost 50 percent since Katrina, while at the same time the population has diminished by almost 50 percent. So that's why people are lined up here at 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning for free medical service.
Link with similar story, different numbers:
Full Interview re: Medical Crisis: