AMDA Nepal Children’s Hospital team Place of activities: Saurpani (Pokhari Danda, Gorkha District, Gandaki Zone)
The Rescue Committee of Gorkha District, Gandaki Zone, where damage from the earthquake was so severe that no emergency relief aid had yet reached it, sent an Emergency aid request to AMDA’s Siddhartha Mother & Child Hospital (also known as AMDA Nepal Children’s Hospital), in Butwal, Rupandehi District.
Upon receiving this request, AMDA Nepal’s members organized a medical support team which left Butwal on 27th for the neighboring Gorka District. The team comprised of 8 people: 3 medical doctors, 2 nurses and 3 non-medical staff.
As the area from Butwal to Gorka District is close to the epicenter, the damage is extensive. The road had been severed everywhere by landslides, so that the team had to drive for 3 hours, then walk for 5 hours, carrying medical supplies and other relief goods, to reach the meeting point, from where they could share a Nepalese Army helicopter to go to Saurpani village in Pokhari Danda.
As soon as they arrived in the village, the team set up a temporary open-air clinic and started medical support activities. They treated 580 people in total during the first 4 days.
Most of the cases were external injuries. Some patients had developed gangrenous wounds on fingertips while their scratches and cuts were left untreated.
The AMDA team gave medical treatment to the patients with external injuries, transferring those who needed further treatment to hospitals.
One of the Nepalese doctors in the team had stayed in Okayama from August to November 2013 to receive medical training in Okayama Saisei Hospital and Okayama Couple’s Clinic, under the sponsorship of Okayama Prefecture’s “Local-to-Local International Technical Transfer Project”.
Joint team of AMDA and AMDA Nepal Places of activities: Around Kathmandu
Since 26th April, the day after the huge earthquake, AMDA and AMDA Nepal’s joint team has been visiting various cities such as Sankhu and Dobindhara that are near to the capitol Kathmandu, to provide medical support.
On 30th April, a Japanese nurse working in Bangladesh and registered as an AMDA volunteer, was dispatched to Nepal by AMDA Headquarters and joined the team, which distributed aid supplies such as drinking water, food and medicine with her help.
Joint team of AMDA and AMDA Nepal Place of activities: Sindhupalchok District
From April 29th, members of AMDA Nepal who had been engaged in medical support activities in Khadichaur, Mankha city in Sindhupalchok District, and AMDA’s first medical team from Japan started to act together, by taking over the activities of AMDA’s second medical team from Japan.
On 2nd May, all of AMDA’s staff dispatched from Japan, including Dr. Suganami, the President, met up in Sindhupalchok District. They provided medical support in Chautara in Sindhupalchok District, with 70 people visiting their temporary clinic.
According to the joint team, the number of pediatric patients is increasing.
The roads to Chautara are still severed. A Japanese doctor and other members of the team took the lead in shoveling out debris from the roads, letting the team move on and start support activities.
As of 1st May, the death toll has risen to 6,250, with 14,357 suffering injuries.
Over 160,000 houses have been completely destroyed, and another 140,000 houses have been half destroyed.
(Source: UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)