Samaritan’s Purse is responding to medical and humanitarian needs
Samaritan’s Purse has treated over 2,500 patients to date in our Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport on Grand Bahama, treating patients for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and other medical issues. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we airlifted the mobile facility along with a large medical team at the request of the World Health Organisation and the Bahamas government.
The 40-bed hospital can receive up to 100 patients daily and features an operating room with capacity for ten surgeries per day, as well as an obstetrics ward with delivery room.
Our DC-8 has made 14 airlifts carrying over 279 tonnes of emergency aid while our helicopter and Cessna Caravan plane have made over 190 and 90 flights respectively, shuttling personnel and relief items.
In addition to delivering aid to communities on Grand Bahama and Great Abaco Island, our teams are also distributing tarps, generators, solar lights, and hygiene kits to numerous remote communities such as Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, and Moore’s Island.
With freshwater sources in many areas unsafe for drinking, we’ve mobilised our desalination units to move from community to community converting seawater into drinking water.
The people of the Bahamas are in desperate straits after their archipelago was hit by deadly Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts up to 225 mph.
“Families in the Bahamas are suffering,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”
“Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”