AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin #1: Kumamoto Earthquake (Japan)

News and Press Release
Originally published

In response to the earthquake (mag. 6.4) that struck Kumamoto, Japan at 9:26pm on April 14th, 2016, AMDA has been actively engaged in medical relief assistance in Mashiki-cho, the hardest-hit town in the area. AMDA has so far dispatched its third medical team since the relief started on April 15th.

AMDA’s activity hub has been a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) where more than 200 people have sought refuge. Requested by the town’s municipal government, AMDA has been in charge of providing medical services at the shelter, seeing patients with digestive problems, insomnia, surgical ailments, high blood pressure and upper respiratory infections. At the same time, AMDA’s collaborative partner, Kumamoto Doctors Association, has been conducting surgical operations at the town’s community health and welfare facility which is now functioning as an emergency operation center.

While bedsores are commonly seen among patients, food poisoning is also seen as ready- made dishes (provided as food supplies) often go stale. Shortage of water has caused constipation among elderly evacuees as they tend to drink less water to refrain from going to the toilet. As a whole, AMDA has seen 71 patients on April 19th alone.

On April 20th, AMDA has sent its fourth team (one doctor, one nurse, one pharmacist, one coordinator/emergency medical technician) from Soja City, Okayama. The team carried the bulk of relief supplies to the disaster area on a truck. The relief personnel from Soja City Government will be joining the team as well. Soja City Government is providing two electric cars to be used at the disaster site, and they will be taken (driven) to the area accordingly.

The relief supplies include, medicine, sanitary goods, food items, disposable paper tableware, portable toilets and water.

AMDA’s fourth relief team has left for Kumamoto at 10:40am, April 20th.

(Stay tuned for more updates.)