WA health professionals prepare to go to the Philippines

November 25, 2013 3:04 AM

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WA health professionals prepare to go to the Philippines

A team of six West Australian health professionals is preparing to go to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The group, which includes includes a paediatric/emergency doctor, a paramedic, two registered nurses, a nurse practitioner and a midwife, is heading to Darwin for training.

They will then join the second Australian medical assistance team to be sent to the Philippines.

Health Minister Kim Hames says the Australian team has established a field hospital at Tacloban, one of the cities worst hit by the typhoon.

"The hospital is serving as a vital surgical referral centre for the area," he said.

"Our health professionals have received specific training to prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead."

The 50 bed field hospital includes two operating theatres, five triage tents and enough medical supplies to treat up to 4,000 people.

More than 4,000 people were killed by the typhoon and 4.4 million were displaced.

The Australian medical team will leave Darwin on November 8 for a fortnight's work in the city of Tacloban.

Source: abc.net.au

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