Northwest Medical Teams is answering the
desperate cry from earthquake victims in El Salvador with an 11,000-pound
shipment of emergency medical supplies and other humanitarian aid. The
materials are valued at more than $190,000. They left by truck from the
local International Distribution Center, 6955 SW Sandburg St., Tigard,
Ore., this morning. With 274 dead and thousands injured and left homeless,
the government of El Salvador and relief teams in the poor, devastated
country have issued an international plea for supplies. "Local hospitals
are overwhelmed by this new disaster," reports Dennis Bean, a volunteer
paramedic from Newberg, Ore. "We're out of supplies. We have to send
more help." In addition, Northwest Medical Teams sent a doctor, a
paramedic and a nurse on a flight tonight to join its seven-member team
already in the country. The doctor/nurse team is from the Portland area.
Besides today's shipment, the additional team members have carried in supplies
to provide immediate aid and to help replenish the most-desperate needs
in hospitals and clinics in the affected areas.
Meanwhile, Northwest Medical Teams requests
donations of cash or medical supplies to support their work in El Salvador.
Bas Vanderzalm, president of Northwest Medical Teams, says that the needs
of quake victims in both El Salvador and India have nearly depleted the
organization's reserves of emergency medical supplies. "We've never
seen this many disasters in different parts of the world within such a
short period of time," he says. "Our warehouse is getting pretty
bare. We'll have to purchase emergency supplies with cash reserves if donated
items don't come forth soon."
To donate supplies or to make a financial
gift, call 1-800-959-4325, or mail gifts to Northwest Medical Teams, El
Salvador Earthquake Fund, P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207. Donations are
also being accepted at any USBank office in the area.
Simply mention the Northwest Medical
Teams Disaster Fund.
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