November 11, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) Canada is accepting designated funds for its medical humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.MSF emergency teams arrived in Cebu city, the second largest city in the Philippines, on Saturday November 9 to assess the needs. Additional personnel, including medical staff, logisticians and psychologists will be arriving in the next few days. MSF expects to send two doctors and an orthopedic specialist to Tacloban tomorrow, a town devastated when the typhoon first struck the coast. The situation on the ground is dire. Medical structures have been damaged or destroyed and there is a lack of medical supplies.  There is also little information on the situation in rural and remote areas. Shelter, water and food are expected to be the most immediate needs.The types of injuries MSF medical teams expect to see are fractures and lacerations/cuts. It is important that people receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications and infections. MSF medical teams will also monitor for possible outbreaks of infectious diseases.MSF will send 329 tonnes of medical and relief items to Cebu within the next few days. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits. Additional shipments with water and sanitation equipment, as well as an inflatable hospital will follow.

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