Cologne: Malteser International has released 100,000 Euros for the first emergency aid measures in Nepal. Over half a ton of medications and medical supplies are already on their way to the disaster zone. When there, they will be able to help provide first medical assistance to those affected.
“Painkillers in particular, as well as medical material such as dressings, needles and cannulae are urgently needed on the scene,” says Ingo Radtke, Malteser International’s Secretary General.
The ‘Emergency Health Kits’ provided for the initial medical response, therefore, principally contain anaesthetics, pain medication, surgical equipment, intravenous fluids, water purification tablets and disinfectants. After being released by Malteser International, they will be dispatched on the next available transport flight. On Sunday morning, Malteser International dispatched an advance team to the crisis zone. At the scene, they will be able to gather an overview of the situation and to begin initial emergency aid measures.
The extent of the destruction from the catastrophe remains unclear, and the number of casualties is growing day by day. On Monday morning, there were over 3,700 confirmed dead.
The Nepalese government has declared a state of emergency and called for international assistance.
For editors: Ingo Radtke, General Secretary of Malteser International, is available for interviews. Please contact: Tel: +49 171 310 5279 Email: petra.ipp(at)malteser-international(dot)org.