Sufficient medical staff but scarce facilities in Tacloban

Sufficient medical staff but scarce facilities in Tacloban

TACLOBAN, The Philippines - The Regional Hospital of Tacloban is still working under capacity to date but without electricity and clean water, Bernama reported.

The hospital's chief Alberto De Leon said with additional doctors, paramedics and administrative staff from Manila, the hospital is now operating on a ratio of one doctor to two patients daily.

"We have 350 beds and receive only up to 270 patients now. We have 75 staff from Manila added to the 70 we have here.

"What we need now are generator sets and water treatment," he told Malaysian reporters covering the 1Malaysia Putera Club (KP1M) Haiyan Typhoon Humanitarian mission at the hospital on Friday.

KP1M president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim handed over a truck load of medicine and medical equipment to the hospital.

It is understood that the hospital is the only one operational in the city and its neighbouring areas.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, Kiwanis Malaysia on Friday launched the Kiwanis Philippines South Disaster Relief Fund to provide aid to survivors of the typhoon which hit Tacloban City in Leyte province last Friday.

Kiwanis Malaysia District Gover-nor Simpson Tan said given the seriousness of the situation and appeal for help from Kiwanis Philippines South District, they decided to mobilise their resources to provide immediate aid.

"I have appointed Past Governor and Kiwanis International Foundation Trustee Hwang Chia Sing as the chairman of the fundraising campaign which ends on Dec 31," he said in a statement.

For donations, visit http://www.unicef.my/donations/helpunicef.

AirAsia also launched a donation and relief campaign called "To Philippines with Love" (#toPH withlove).

The campaign includes collection of cash donations on board AirAsia flights, at airports and on the AirAsia Foundation microsite.

The campaign is on until Dec 31 and the funds will be channelled towards the Philippine Red Cross.

Free flights will be offered to accredited NGOs and aid and humanitarian agencies for relief efforts while 250,000 free seats will be given to Filipinos abroad to return home.

The public can donate online on www.airasiafoundation.com/typhoonhaiyan.

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