>> Puerto Rico's hospitals are in critical condition after Hurricane Maria. Medical centers are flooded, strewn with rubble and dependent on diesel generators to keep patients alive. Dr. Ivan Gonzalez Cancel is a cardiovascular surgeon at the Centro Cardiovascular in San Juan.>> We have very limited power, with the air conditioners off.
And, it, the temperature is unbearable, the operating room is all wet, with approximately, I will say half an inch of water in the floor. It's very slippery, it's very dangerous, very unsafe for the patients and our employees.>> Fuel is so precious that deliveries are made by armed guards to deter looters.
Communications are down and hospitals cannot reach patients families or coordinate evacuations. The situation in the hospitals adding to the misery and devastation of the US territory, it's 3.4 million residence are American citizens and they're wondering when help will arrive.>> Where is the help, where is the help from the mainland,where is the Department of Defense, the government, our governor.
Cuz Joe is doing his best, but we need the kind of resources that can provide the Department of Defense in terms of setting up a communications system in order to provide the basic needs of the people. If you are sick in Puerto Rico I have to say the best thing, if you can afford it, get on a plane and abandon the island.
>> At the hospital a team from the US Department of Health is setting up makeshift medical units outside the building. Hurricane Maria flattened Puerto Rico last week, killing at least ten people. It was the strongest storm to hit the island in decades