Lack of electricity and mobile networks hampers treatment of injured in Philippines

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7005
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Nearly a fortnight after typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, the World Health Organization has said that acute surgical care was still needed.

Art Pesigan, WHO’s health cluster coordinator in the city of Cebu, said that the medical picture was mixed, with patients in the city of Tacloban, which suffered the greatest destruction, still needing trauma care.

“Here in Cebu we are moving away from the acute phase of addressing trauma and are shifting towards the need for early recovery, getting public health services in place, and doing more community work. But in Tacloban and some other areas that have still not been reached the acute needs are still high,” he said.

“The supplies and human resources …

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