Noon Briefing, January 29, 2010, United Nations Spokesperson:
- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that providing shelter to people in need is the priority in Haiti right now. Around 50,000 tents and 30,000 items of plastic sheeting are expected to arrive in the coming days.
- OCHA also says that around 100 to 150 planes are still landing every day at the Port-au-Prince airport, with some 1,200 planes on the waiting list.
- Concerning health suspected disease outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that a system is in place within Haiti to detect these reports. There is a sentinel surveillance system operating in 51 health facilities and a network of early warning integrated by another 154 health institutions throughout the country.
- WHO also says that post-operation medical supplies and anti-biotics remain key needd. Crutches, specialists in orthopedic and internal medicine and X-ray equipment are also needed. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that eight mobile X-Ray Units it purchased are en route to Haiti as emergency medical relief for those injured in the earthquake.
- Meanwhile, WFP reports it reached 96,331 people on Thursday with food rations and plan to reach another 80,000 today. By the 27 January, it had reached with partners 458,000 people in Port-au-Prince.
- Meanwhile, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has called, in a policy brief issued Thursday, for the cancellation of Haiti’s debt.
- The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) held a memorial service on Thursday in Port au Prince for staff members who had died in the earthquake.