AMDA teams have been continuously working with the affected people in Nepal since 25th of April, when the earthquake hit Nepal. As of May 5th, casualties of Nepal earthquake rose to 7,611 with 14,000 injured. Total number of death from the earthquake, including other countries, stands at 7,710 (Nepal Police Department).
One of AMDA activity sites located in Khadichaur of Sindhupalchowk District in Bagmati Zone, and AMDA Nepal along with our dispatched medical professionals have been working there at an AMDA makeshift clinic.
On May 4th, the team was able to see 37 patients and 80% of the patients were suffering from external injuries. As no medical care was provided to the patients for more than a week since the earthquake, some of their injuries were worsened.
On May 5th, 35 patients were seen by AMDA team members and 30% - 40% of the patients complained of general physical problems such as joint ache, headache and insomnia rather than external injuries. Local medical institutions are still closed and they have no plan to re-open yet. Some personnel from the local public asked AMDA for continuous medical service in the area. Aftershocks often hit the affected areas, resulting small landslides.
In Kathmandu, AMDA Nepal members have operated on patients with fractures and other external injuries at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. In total, approximately 350 orthopedic surgeries have been performed. However, there are not enough physical therapists available at the hospital.
Currently, relief activities are offered in affected areas that are accessible by road. However, road condition in many affected areas are so severe and some areas are only accessible by foot or helicopter where the support is needed the most.
On the other hand, in Kathmandu, water and food items are available for purchase. Lifeline is gradually recovering. As reconstruction of the collapsed building has not started yet, the affected people are still living in tents. Some of them even do not have tents. In some areas with external support, people are utilizing portable toilets, but, in general, most of people are defecating outside. AMDA team is concern that the risk of infectious diseases might increase.
GPSP Multi-National Medical Mission (Peace Building)
ER & Reconstruction
3-31-1 Ifukuchou, Kitaku, Okayama City, Okayama, 700-0013, Japan TEL:+81-86-252-6051 E-mail:email@example.com