The Haiyan Typhoon has killed more than 10 thousand people, affecting more than 10 million people and more than 2 million people in need of emergency relief. Diseases are on the verge of spreading.
IHH teams have been conducting search-rescue operations and distributing the necessary aid within the disaster stricken region. Two Emergency Unit doctors from IHH part of its sister cooperation ‘Alliance of International Doctors’ (AID) has also been sent to the affected region.
The Medical team of AID is currently distributing the necessary medical aid to the needy including Hepatitis A injections and first aid resources.
“There is a serious inadequacy of medication”
Dr Murat Kadir Topcu, currently present within the affected region of Tacloban states “There is a serious inadequacy of medication present as patients cannot be transported to hospitals to be treated. There is a serious threat of spreadable diseases being able to come about.”
Establishing a day-period medical clinics in each region, Dr Topcu stated “We have vaccinated 150 people here, and another 500 people within various towns against Hepatitis A. There is also a wound index present with the affected population as there are a lot of patients who have wounds that are infected and that also need stitching”
Soup kitchens will be opened
Mr Cemil Baser, member of the IHH Emergency relief unit currently present in Tacloban explain that the biggest problem present at the moment is the lack of food and water stating “We are planning to open a soup kitchen as all the necessary items and resources are ready. The crisis center is taking care of the location and other resources needed”
Mr Baser had concluded stating they are currently also doing thorough research within the locations of Ormoc and Cebu.