The American Caribbean Health Crisis

Wishing  Our Brothers and Sisters in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and All of those Affected By the Hurricanes, Health and Wellness (Hay Traducción)

by Alexis Chisom, Dwight ’20


I’m sure that by now all of you have heard about how Hurricane Maria, a fifty to sixty mile wide hurricane, has devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. What you probably didn’t hear was how the disaster is a ticking time bomb for a public health virus to break out. Nearly half of Puerto Rico is without drinking water. With the shortage of electricity, diabetics who store their insulin in a refrigerator have no way to safely store their precious drug. With the lack of fuel, emergency vehicles cannot get to people in need. Dr. Sanjay Gupta who spoke from Puerto Rico recently says that, “A medical crisis is about to explode.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands were hit, first by Hurricane Irma, followed by Hurricane Maria. Governor Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands says that the hospitals on the two most populated islands will likely have to be torn down and rebuilt. Puerto Rico DestruidoBoth Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands are in desperate need. They have a shortage of gas, a shortage of electricity, and a shortage of food.

As a person with an interest in public health, I am particularly troubled by the health crisis that currently exists there. They need doctors and medicine. The need also need manpower. Please, if you do just one thing today, send your prayers and positive thoughts to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. If you can help with any material or monetary resources, that would also be life changing. I will continue to hold them, and other people recently affected by hurricanes, in the Light.

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