Britain to send medical staff to help in Philippines

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The British government announced on Tuesday that it is sending a 12-member team of doctors and paramedics to assist with recovery efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

The Department for International Development (DFID) said the team includes three emergency physicians, two orthopedic surgeons, one plastic surgeon, two accident and emergency nurses, one theater nurse, two anesthetists and one specialist physiotherapist.

The deployment of members of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register followed a direct request from the Philippines Department of Health, the DFID said.

The team will be provided as part of the British government’s 10-million-pound (US$ 15.9-million) relief efforts for the disaster.


The medical staff are preparing to deploy at the earliest possible opportunity.

It is reported that Britain is also sending a navy warship with equipment to make drinking water from seawater and a military transport aircraft to help the relief work in the Philippines. PNA

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