Afghanistan earthquake: Doctors Without Borders sends teams to the worst-affected areas
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In Bermal, Paktika Province, Doctors Without Borders has set up a 24-hour eight-bed clinic where patients are stabilised until they can be referred for further care. We are also supporting the outpatient activities, and a psychological counsellor has started giving psychological first aid to survivors. Surgical staff and a midwife left Khost on Saturday to further reinforce the team.
Donations of medical supplies and tents have been given to health facilities in Gayan and Bermal, and we are looking at solutions to ensure safe water and adequate sanitation to the population and the health facilities.
In the early days after an earthquake, trauma injuries such as broken bones and wounds are the biggest concern but now health needs are turning to dehydration and diarrhoea caused by a lack of safe water.José Mas, Emergency Coordinator
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