Israel sent a medical team to the Philippines to provide medical and humanitarian aid to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, will be rapidly established in areas hit by typhoon Yolanda, to provide medical care for disaster casualties.
The delegation left for the Philippines on Wednesday in order to provide search, rescue and medical services in typhoon-struck areas of the Philippines.
They arrived in Cebu City on Thursday.
The $4 million medical facility consists of a children’s department, an obstetrics department, an ambulatory care department, and a general ward, operated by Israeli doctors, nurses and health workers in Bogo City—north of Cebu province.
Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Menashe Bar On said Israel is ready to help its friend in their time of need.
“At this moment, our urgent task is to extend help to the Philippine government and the Filipino people.”
In addition to a humanitarian mission, senior Israeli officials sent their condolences to Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
In his official letter, Israeli President Shimon Peres wrote that Israel is “following with much concern the horrifying effects of the storm and hope that the aid provided by the State of Israel will help ease the suffering of the people of the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also sent his sympathies to his Filipino counterpart, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario.
“The medical facility is expected to treat thousands of those who are dealing with injuries caused by the typhoon, and will be bringing ease to those currently struggling.:
A similar facility was established during in Haiti and Turkey when they were struck by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Bernice Camille V. Bauzon