The joint team comprising AMDA and a local organization, Socios En Salud (Partners in Health) has been conducting relief activities for the flood-affected people in Peru since April 4th, 2017.
On April 9th, the joint team went to a school in Batanes of Morropón Province, Piura Region and offered medical services to the afflicted. On the way there, the bus needed to go forward blindly as road was still under the water. Then, the team reached the destination by boat and on foot. Until a few days ago, this area was isolated since the water level was high.
The school was functioning as an evacuation center when the flood struck the area, but now all evacuees returned home. Some people lost part of their houses and stayed at the school till recently. According to the local people, many of the residents in this area have been affected by the flood badly.
As no cars could pass by rough roads, the joint team with the local organizations started medical consultation in available classrooms and outside under the roof. AMDA doctor and two doctors from Socios En Salud saw a total of 85 patients. Their major complaints were muscle ache, joint pain, headache, vitamin deficiency, and gastritis. Nearby river continues to have dangerously high water level, and the local people are worried about it especially when it rains.
The joint team returned to Lima by air on April 10th, and made a courtesy visit to the Japanese Embassy on the following day. (The report will be updated shortly.)
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