Group won’t stop aiding Yolanda survivors

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MEDECINS Sans Frontieres (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization, will continue to assist communities in Northern Iloilo that were ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) a month ago.

MSF emergency coordinator Alexandre Ventura, in a letter to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., said his organization will provide food assistance to 11,000 families.

The distribution of food assistance will be followed by a mass vaccination that will benefit 20,000 children. The vaccination will be done in coordination with the Department of Health.

The group said that one month after Yolanda, it was able to provide 10,000 medical consultations and rehabilitate 15 health structures in Northern Iloilo.

MSF also distributed 9,000 relief kits, disinfected 10 wells, and supplied 36,000 liters of chlorinated water.

“However, our role as a medical and humanitarian relief organization entails that we only have capacity to done one time blanket food distribution to the families…,” Ventura wrote.

“Likewise, for the same reason, we neither have the capacity nor the competence, to engage into livelihood recovery programs,” he added.

Ventura appealed to the government, together with other agencies concerned, to urgently address the food security of the affected families in a more comprehensive manner.

The MSF members arrived in Iloilo weeks after the onslaught of the world’s strongest typhoon on November 8.

At present, the Iloilo Provincial Government is providing the daily food subsistence allowance of P30 per evacuee in the “tent city” in Northern Iloilo Polytechnic College-West Campus in Estancia.

The food allowance is on top of the relief goods coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Kitchen on Wheels of LOAF, another non-government organization, is also giving hot meals twice a day to 1,000 persons in the evacuation camp.

Defensor said the province will provide the additional food allowance until the oil spill in Estancia is resolved, or when the health department permits them to return to their homes. (PIO)

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