Two teams, comprised of search and rescue personnel and canine operators from the IDF canine unit were sent out on rescue missions. The first team was sent to the Haiti UN headquarters in order to assist in rescuing survivors. The rescue teams are working in cooperation with local authorities in order to reach disaster struck areas where survivors can be located and assisted.
The IDF Medical and Rescue Team set up a field hospital in Port-Au-Prince and is beginning to treat patients there. The field hospital is prepared to receive dozens of ambulances evacuating injured children from the different disaster struck areas. Between Friday night and Saturday, dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment were unloaded and the field hospital set up.
On Saturday (16 Jan) the Israeliteam rescued a top income tax official from the government office building which collapsed inthe earthquake. The official, who had been trapped underneath the rubble for four days, is currently being treated at the Israeli field hospital.
The field hospital includes 40 doctors, 25 nurses, paramedics, a pharmacy, a children's ward, a radiology department, an intensive care unit, an emergency room, two operating rooms, a surgical department, an internal department and a maternity ward.The hospital can treat approximately 500 patients each day, and in addition will perform preliminary surgeries.
The delegation is scheduled to stay in Haiti for a minimum of two weeks. Further stay will be assessed at the end of this period.