KUALA LUMPUR, APRIL 26 2015 - On the 25th April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near the city of Kathmandu. Another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck Kathmandu the following day causing massive devastation to the city’s infrastructure and buildings. It is reported that 30 of 75 districts in Nepal have been affected especially in the Western and Central Regions including the Kathmandu valley. The US Geological Survey estimates that aftershocks will be felt within a radius of 31 miles from Kathmandu.
According to USA today, the current death toll is estimated at 2,000 people with thousands of others injured across the country. The number of fatalities and injuries is expected to rise in the coming days. In Kathmandu valley, hospitals are inundated with people seeking medical treatment with medical supplies running low. It is reported that the wounded are being treated on the streets due to the overwhelming number of people needing medical attention. It is expected that the affected communities in Nepal will require medical assistance for quite some time.
MERCY Malaysia will be responding by deploying our emergency medical team and will be part of the Malaysian response team. We currently have our medical team of seven (7) ready to be deployed which will be led by MERCY Malaysia’s Dr Heng Aik Cheng, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Traumatologist. This medical team will be part of our Emergency Response Unit (ERU). The ERU team consists of medical personnel, logisticians, doctors, surgeons, logisticians and complete with a field hospital set-up to serve the affected communities.
A field hospital will be set-up with a mini-surgery, an out-patient department (OPD) and a pharmaceutical service to serve the affected community in Nepal. MERCY Malaysia is preparing its medical teams for a sustained medical assistance for at least one month. We will prioritise our efforts in conducting a needs assessment in the areas affected by the earthquake in collaboration with our World Health Organization (WHO) Health Cluster partnership.
We oversee that this exercise will take a long period and numerous deployments of medical teams between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu, hence MERCY Malaysia seeks again the generosity of its donors and supporters to lend its assistance and contribution through our organization in humanitarian aid.
MERCY Malaysia’s President Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus added, “As an International Humanitarian Relief Organisation, it is only apt that MERCY Malaysia support the affected communities in Nepal. We are deploying a team tonight for our first deployment, with subsequent deployments following that. We hope to assist and do as much as we can to help the affected Nepalese communities and also assist with the humanitarian and relief efforts.”
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