Doctors without Borders sets up tent hospitals in Yolanda-hit areas


AN international medical humanitarian organization built tent hospitals to replace medical facilities destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

Dr. Martin John Jarmin 3rd, a volunteer surgeon of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors without Borders, said a tented hospital facility has been providing medical treatment to residents of Guian in Eastern, Samar.

He said the construction of the new semi-permanent pre-fabricated hospital is also in full-swing and is expected to be finished and functional by June.

Once the construction is completed, it will be turned over to the Provincial Health Office.

MSF said the temporary hospital will serve as an interim facility until the Felipe J Abrigo referral hospital building has been re-established.

During the Yolanda emergency, Jarmin said five MSF headquarters based in Europe actively operated in the country because of the vast effect of the super typhoon.

He said right after the typhoon hit the Eastern part of the Visayas, MSF sent medical missions to various areas where medical aid is upmost needed.

Besides medical assistance, MSF distributed construction materials to help survivors rebuild their houses.

In Tacloban City, the MSF is considering supporting the Department of Health (DOH) more directly in the provincial referral hospital.

With maternity and obstetric concerns continuing and the surgical capacities remaining sub-optimal, MSF said it is working with the DOH on the possibility of supporting the maternity ward and the operation theater of Leyte provincial hospital to ensure access to safe deliveries.

MSF regional humanitarian representative Dr. Maria Guevara said in MSF’s 42 years of existence, it has worked in the Philippines for 30 years.

“This is primarily to address medical needs of survivors following typhoons, flash floods, volcanic eruptions, droughts, conflicts as well as those affected by neglected diseases or epidemics,” she said.

“MSF recognizes the mobilization of Filipinos as first responders to the crisis and the amazing resilience of the communities affected by the super typhoon,” she added.


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