AROUND 40 to 50 doctors, all members of the Philippine Medical Association, will be airlifted to the Typhoon Yolanda affected areas beginning on Sunday to heal not just the physical wounds but emotional wounds of losing a loved one in the surging waters.
At the weekly Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt, Dr. Andy Reyes, PMA Chair for special concerns, said the doctors will go on their own this Sunday riding their own speed boats and jet skis to penetrate the areas that most need medical help.
Reyes said PMA’s efforts is part of the “multi-sectoral efforts” to help the victims of Yolanda in cooperation with government agencies like the Department of Health and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the private businesses and individuals who are willing to throw in their support.
This would make the people in the typhoon-ravaged provinces feel that government and private sector are one with them in their suffering and would be helping in them with their needs
Initial efforts, Reyes said, will be on treating traumatic patients in all areas of Eastern Visayas through the outpatient vehicle clinics and minimize the viruses that might be the results of exposed cadavers,” he explained.
Dr. Mike Aragon, another PMA member, said the group may cruise this Sunday using personal speedboats and jet skis estimated to be around 50 water crafts centering on northern Iloilo also hardly hit by Yolanda and which has not yet received any help.
“We will be looking for places, islets or islands with still no help. If it is hard for us to go there by land we will penetrate them by their coastal waters such as the Bantayan Island and eastern Samar, parts of Cebu and western and eastern Visayas,” Aragon said.
A bigger number of doctors will follow them on the Nov.19, including members of Philippine Hospital Association; the Private Hospital Association and the Philippine Dental Association among others.
Former Transportation and Communication Undersecretary Tom Lantion volunteered to coordinate with the Maritime Industry Authority for all available vessels that other private people might offer to ferry the doctors to these areas, Aragon said.
Aragon said the private sector would play its role to support the efforts of our government. “We don’t need criticism now. What we need are solutions,” he added.