January 21st, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Video: Medical supply crisis

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Kate

    Why aren't the drug companies donating TONS of FREE drugs to help this situation..GOODNESS KNOWS they have the supply and the profits to do it in order to make all this donated money go further.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  2. Nell of Nevada

    God bless you Anderson & Dr Gupta. You are both a shinning star in the world of CNN & broadcasting in general. I have been watching you both every day & am amazed at the work you are doing. Take care & come home safely.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  3. Katja

    I agree with everyone about something needs to be done, but keep in mind, Haiti is NOT the United States. It is NOT one of our territories. And as lacking as it seems, they do have some sort of government. We cannot go in and declare Marshall law, even if I agree that it would help. Haiti is not our country. I do think that the UN should step up and get the Haitian government in gear and get those supplies moving, NOW!

    January 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Ron Cameron

    It is absolutely amazing as well as embarrassing that one of the first things not into Haiti was not medical supplies. What can we do about this? I am sure someone in charge is watching CNN and has seen the problem. It just boils my blood every time I hear about this.

    January 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  5. Jacqueline Lamoureux

    Just heard that Dr. Gupta is heading for the airport. Maybe now we can get some answers.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  6. Isabel


    Something must be done. They can't be abandoned or forgotten.

    Go ahead! What you are doing is very special!

    January 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  7. Lalaine G.

    It must be frustrating for you and for the rest of the people that came to Haiti to help, to witness this kind of behavior. Are the misery around them not enough that they have to create more? I hope that boy is okay.
    It will be a long road to recovery for Haiti. If they recover at all...God Bless to all the volunteers, and to you Anderson for showing the people of Haiti how compassion is done.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Jo Ann O'Connell

    Anderson you are my hero. WE didn't learn A Thing in Katrina. Personally, the problems there are beyond belief. The US should declare some kind of temporary Marshal law, then maybe we could get someone in charge. And for God's sake, take all these able bodied men who are walking around idle and SOMEONE please make them help clean the streets.All I see is people waiting for others to make things better. I really don't care what other countries think of us anymore, this shouldn't just be a free. Make their able citizens contribute their time and effort so others can get the supplies needed thru.Gas gouging get it under military control.This is their own people!
    And someone please find out about this hotel with the professors and girls. The father has begged everyone. You & Dr G are our real eyes.
    & us normal citizen get what they're saying. Keep up the great work.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

    Thank you Anderson for your commitment to reporting the truth and the compassion that you demonstrate. I have only trusted your reports and commend CNN as being the only news worthy channel covering significant details of this horrific event. I am sure the events of the last week have had an everlasting inpact on your life. If you consider establishing some form of memorial in the form of a school, daycare or senior care facility, or as your eyes have witness and the needs may be, please advise. I am a retired CPA with varying skills. I have been preparing for the mission field and find that I am now redirected to the needs of Haiti. I have contacted numerous ministries to come alongside for support. I am able to leave at a moments notice. Please advise as to any suggestions and/or recommendations. You have been blessed with a special gift. May you always remember that and continue to use it without compromising your standards.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  10. Priscilla

    we have field nurses, EMTS etc. trying to get there to help. Any suggestions?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  11. patricia

    It makes me wonder where is all the donation monies going!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  12. Pam

    Anderson –

    It's my understanding that the Haitian govt is giving US military priorities for flights into Port Au Prince airport. Is that wrong? I would also assume that would carry over to which shipments had priority to reach their ultimate destination.

    I see it's a horrible problem but think the credit needs to be placed in the right location.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  13. Roberta Cruz

    The medical attendants have such compassion, heart and soul. I want to know who's in charge of getting those medical supplies off the flighline. Find them and tell them to quit sitting on their thumbs and get the ball rolling! People are dying!

    January 21, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  14. Randi

    I have been watching CNN constantly and I am as frustrated as those doctors with the lack of even the basic of medical supplies getting through. It leads one to think that the Haitian government (where ere they may be) wants to reduce the population of Haiti in the most torturous and horrific way. Who is in charge? The supplies are on the ground, helicopters are on the ground, the security is on the ground – it's time they got in the air and started distributing to the makeshift hospitals.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  15. Dirk

    Rebuilding Haiti will take many years…all of their past and current governments have failed…I vote to make Haiti state 51 of the Union.

    January 21, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  16. Trissa

    Dr. Ed Mlinek, an emergency physician at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, and a member of the urban search and rescue team Nebraska Task Force 1, left last Friday to help in the relief effortin Haiti. He is now back in Lincoln after waiting for a flight in Florida but was unable to fly to Haiti because planes were being used to ship food, water and supplies.

    Your stories on the shortage of doctors' and medical supplies is especially frustrating. I don't understand this.

    January 21, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  17. barb mathews

    i am so tired of seeing the suits in washington make bonehead decisions that cost people their lives. what good are helicopters and ships and planes filled with lifesaving supplies and people, when the suits wont move them into the places they need to be. fema sent my states crew of doctors and rescuers home........ no one learned a thing from katrina...........the sodiers and doctors and relief workers want to help, that is what they are there for, and if reporters can get in why cant they? ill tell you why---- the suits. my gosh, if you used the choppers the second day to drop food you will not have to worry about rioting now, would you, cuz theyd be fed and they would have hope. but watching ships and planes that fly away and you get nothing from them- what would you do ? stupid suits............. let the rescuers rescue and for gosh sakes let the millions of dollars of aid in.............. my gosh. bonehead suits...................

    January 21, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  18. Bev

    I'm sorry, I'm just not understanding any of this and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I can see Anderson getting more and more frustrated, just like he did after Katrina. He and Sanjay and the rest of the CNN staff are doing such a great job of keeping us all informed of the goings on that we feel the frustration building more every day. How can this be??? No rubber gloves?? Using Motrin for pain medication to remove limbs??? That is just inhuman! You survive a catastrophic earthquake only to die from lack of food, water or medical supplies? And even if you survive the secondary infections and such, where do they go after that? It can't be for lack of money raised, I don't believe it. Smells like government beauracracy to me, but which government?

    January 21, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  19. Ed Quintana

    I know that access is limited and every moment of use of the airport for aid is paramount. What are the Media taking with them to help offset the impact they have on the precious access routes and time taken by workers to accommodate reporting, reporters, and their crews and equipment? I think it would be a boon to the effort and to their credit if all media coordinated and took along water, blankets, shovels, clothes, toilet paper, tents,...... ie. Besides reporting in what other ways are the media bringing with them some solutions to the problem? Tell us so we can cheer you guys on! Please comment on this.

    January 21, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  20. Shawn

    I have been watching the CNN coverage non stop it's Ironic how the UN can step in to clear a bank (with money no one needs at the time). But Medical supplies are sitting at the airport. How hard it is to drop off aid to the doctors oh wait the UN is still assessing the situation. This is beyond belief its easy to say let the US handle it as they always do but working with the UN seems to be a huge headache. Thank You to the US Marines in Léogane giving food and water and aid.

    January 21, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  21. JF Carter

    Mr Cooper,

    You are to be commended for your personal engagement on behalf of the young Haitian boy. CNN involvement is positive as it provides input for direction of aid and points out weaknesses in the overall effort. However, the biased, uninformed, anti-military, inane comments made by Jose Amigo two nights ago are insupportable. He berated US soldiers for being armed, although he had no idea of what might be their mission (more than likely protecting one of the few medical facilities and its limited supply of medicines and doctors). My wife and I noted that he missinterpreted the French of the woman he interviewed. He quoted her as saying that she was stopped for the first time by the US soldiers when in fact she had said she had been stopped before. As to why the soldiers are armed, it is simply to protect the lives of innocents. Does the reporter not appreciate that over 5000 prisoners escaped from the National Penitentiary. You, yourself Mr Cooper, helped to protect the life of one of those endangered by such thugs.

    My wife and I spent four years in Haiti working for the UN. Tragically, we have lost many of our close friends and colleagues who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of the lives of the Haitian government and people. The demeanor and attitude of your colleague does misjustice to them and to the US military which is now putting in additional landing strips, repairing port facilities and providing logistical assistance that would not be otherwise possible by any other international contributor.

    Most Sincerely

    January 21, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  22. Cindy

    It is just crazy to me that after all of this time they still haven't gotten it together in Haiti and the hurt people there are dying because the docs don't have the meds or supplies to treat them. That to me is just ridiculous! Who is going to be held accountable for that? Someone should be!


    January 21, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  23. Frustrated

    How can we bring this medical supply crisis to the attention of our leaders? Why aren't reporters addressing this as the White House briefings? Why donate if it won't reach it's destination.

    Anderson seems to be holding back something. Why is there a bottleneck? Is it the UN, USAID, the State Department? Why isn't anyone following up on this particular issue. The media reports endlessly on the lives healthcare reform will save while they ignore those dying painful deaths in Haiti.

    January 21, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  24. karen

    i watched your report on the nursing home near the airport that has been neglected. how can i donate directly to these people and or fund raise directed funds for them?

    January 21, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  25. Steven Szikora

    I have noticed that people trying to get out of Port au Prince by boat to get to another part of Haiti. My question is can,t they walk like I had to when we fled Hungary back in 1956. Better then sitting waiting for miracle, God helps that helps them self. I feel bad for the kids and injured that cannot walk, Those are the persons should be helped first and not the ones that healthy

    January 21, 2010 at 7:08 am |