Médecins Sans Frontières Says Conditions In The Philippines Improving

says that whilst there has been a tremendous humanitarian response to the typhoon in the Philippines, it is still very difficult to reach towns and villages that are yet to receive aid.

The organisation cites the example of Liberty which is a small town located in eastern central Leyte which whilst not really affected by the typhoon had been unable to access any medical services since the storm hit on the 8th of November. Médecins Sans Frontières says many of its othrer teams have had the same kind of experience at a range of other towns and communities.

Mobile clinics by road and sea

The agency continues to plug the gap in aid and healthcare by running mobile clinics across the hardest hit regions. The agency is running mobile clinics by boat to small islands and teams are travelling to the most remote areas across the archipelago to provide medical aid in communities that are still to receive humanitarian assistance. Médecins Sans Frontières says the most common condition it is treating are infected wounds, diabetes, hypertension and respiratory tract infections.

Hospital and basic health care support

In Tacloban which the media reported as being ground zero Médecins Sans Frontières established an inflatable hospital which served as the area’s main referral hospital. During the first couple of days the team at the hospital conducted 6 surgeries, 52 emergency room consultations and over 300 outpatient consultations. The agency has a number of tent based temporary hospitals on some of the other islands in the hardest hit areas that combined are conducting approximately 300 consultations each day.

The initial response to Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on the 8th of November was delayed because congested roads, ports and airports that were also damaged, combined with a scarcity of vehicles and fuel. Since then conditions have become somewhat easier and Médecins Sans Frontières now says that is increasingly able to transport supplies and staff though the geography of the area means some logistical constraints remain. The organisation has over 200 staff from around the world on the ground in the Philippines that are supported by local staff working at eight health centres and four hospitals.

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