Rotary Club of Capital City is conducting a medical camp in Vavuniya currently. This will run from 29th Apr to 1st May. RC Regency handed over medicines valued at Rs.75,000/- (USD625/-) to Rtn Supem of RC Capital City on 28th evening. Other than medicines there was a truck load of other relief items going with them.
Action & Care Trust (ACT), who our club is working with on emergency relief for IDP’s, have been visiting some of the receiving hospitals. The situation assessment done by their team is as follows:
Vavuniya Hospital Act representatives visited Vavuniya Hospital on 4th April 2009, accompanying the 1st donation of aid by our Trust. The hospital had a capacity to treat 300 patients, which it has currently expanded to 430 patients. However, warded patients are now at 1,200. In addition, there are accompanying family members plus those with minor/healing injuries, who are prohibited from leaving (and have nowhere to go). As such, the number of Survivors presently residing in Vavuniya Hospital, are approximately 3000 in number.
It is a well run hospital, under the care of Dr. Bavani Pasupathyrajah (Medical Director, Vavuniya Hospital). The sheer number of patients is the major problem they are facing. Of these, a very large number were children under the age of 5. There were a lot of babies and breast feeding mothers, newborns and toddlers with injuries.
Based on the data collected and upon request from the doctors in Vavuniya, Phase 1 Part 2 will include another delivery of relief items to Vavuniya.
Padaviya Hospital Emergency treatment is provided as civilians come off the boats in Pulmodai. Patients with a good chance of survival are dispatched to Padaviya Hospital.
Our Trust Chairman Professor A.H Sheriffdeen travelled to Padaviya Hospital on 19th April 2009, to assess the medical situation. He confirms that treatment facilities are overcrowded and Padaviya Hospital is over capacity (despite an expansion into a donated garment factory). Human resources are limited (doctors, junior doctors, nurses, orderlies) and as such, need to be expanded.
As expected, there were a large numbers of babies and children under 5. Total number of patients is around 1,500.
Pulmodai Field Hospital Very little data is presently available to ACT. Reports range from the existence of a fully equipped hospital, to quick “on-the spot” emergency treatment facilities after which, patients are transferred to Vavuniya or Padaviya. We will be researching how to help Pulmodai Field Hospital shortly.
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We were pleasantly surprised to see President Nick Thompson; who we had the pleasure of working with during the 2004 Tsunami adding an appeal on behalf of our Clubs efforts to help the IDP's.
RCCR wishes to acknowledge the spontaneous contributions made by family & friends of Rotary over the weekend by contributing approx. Lkr. 132,500/- (8,000 Ltrs) towards the Rotary Districts goal of supplying Purified Drinking Water to the IDP's.
40,000 Ltrs of Water is assured for the civilians in the IDP Camps, thanks to Rotary!
RCCR has entered into a working arrangement with the Action & Care Trust (ACT) headed by Prof. A.H Sheriffdeen, Emeritus Professor of Surgery. ACT has been granted approval to access several receiving hospital to provide assistance & critical relief.
ACT has requested us to provide assistance in sourcing several types of medicine as soon as possible. The initial list of medicine required is published. Based on the list , the RCCR has already secured LKR 287,000 (US$ 2453) worth of medicine through one of our donors, Emar Pharma (Pvt) Ltd,. The medicine will be delivered to ACT shortly.
We will publish the further requirements of medicine as and when the details are received.
The Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) – The IDP’s are accommodated in safe zones established by the government, and are provided with necessary basic food and health care needs. Although government and a few non-governmental agencies have provided basic relief, not all needs of the affected people have been met given the difficult circumstances prevailing in the affected areas. Large volumes of supplies are required, and from time to time the government circulates the requirements to the public seeking their assistance.
Over 100,000 civilians have fled from the LTTE controlled areas into the safe zones and are accommodated in 52 camps established by the government of Sri Lanka in Vavunia and Trincomalee Districts to accommodate the IDP’s.