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WHO warns world over health needs in Philippines

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6852 (Published 14 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6852
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Relief organisations are concerned about the acute and the chronic healthcare needs of the thousands of survivors of the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The World Health Organization, which is coordinating the medical relief effort on behalf of the Philippines government, said that health needs in the affected areas were “significant.” Survivors need treatment for trauma and injuries caused during the typhoon, but the lack of health services in some areas also meant that patients could not get treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes. WHO said that 12 000 babies were due in the affected areas in the coming month.

WHO has already deployed drugs and supplies to perform 400 surgeries and cover the basic health needs of 120 000 people for one month. Special diarrhoeal disease kits with …

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