US declares public health emergency for Puerto Rico after hurricane Fiona - NewsBreak

After Hurricane Fiona, the United States Has Declared a Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico

Washington, on the 22nd of September (SocialNews.XYZ) Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has proclaimed a state of public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona’s flooding.

In response to the proclamation that was issued on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has dispatched a health and medical task force from the National Disaster Medical System consisting of 15 individuals, as well as a 10-person incident management team, to Puerto Rico.

“The declaration follows President Biden’s disaster declaration and gives Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries, as well as their health care providers and suppliers, greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs,” read a statement issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. Wednesday morning, Attorney General Xavier Becerra took to Twitter to make the following statement: “We will do everything that we can to assist officials with responding to the effects of Hurricane Fiona and stand ready to lend further public health and medical support.”

We are prepared to provide extra assistance in the areas of public health and medical care, and we are now collaborating closely with the health authorities of the territories and our federal partners. Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 1 storm, resulting in extensive flooding, destruction, and power outages across the island.

Localized flash flooding and urban flooding brought on by surges continue to have an impact on the island’s almost 3 million inhabitants. As of Wednesday evening, reported that more than a million residents in Puerto Rico still lacked access to electrical power.

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The National Hurricane Center in the United States states that Fiona, which has increased in strength to a Category 4 storm, is moving toward Bermuda.

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