Luxury cruiser for Mercy M’sia and is recruiting Myanmar doctors

Luxury cruiser for Mercy M’sia and is recruiting Myanmar doctors

The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Mercy Malaysia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with international non-governmental organisation Save the Children of UK (SCUK) and is now recruiting Myanmar doctors and nurses to provide basic medical services to Cyclone Nargis survivors.

The doctors and nurses would set up basic medical facilities among internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are in areas with poor or no health facilities, according to a statement released by Mercy on Monday.

Mercy will also turn a luxury cruiser, donated by a tour operator in Britain to SCUK, into a floating hospital that will reach vulnerable communities in Ngapudaw, Haing Gyi, southern Labutta and the surrounding areas to provide medical access to those affected by the cyclone.

SCUK will also provide food and accommodation for the teams in Yangon.

The MoU was signed at the SCUK headquarters in Yangon after discussions had concluded on Sunday.

Meanwhile the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a new assessment on Sunday that between 1.2 million and 1.9 million were struggling to survive in the aftermath of the storm.

“Given the gravity of the situation including the lack of food and water, some partners have reported fears for security, and violent behaviour in the most severely afflicted areas,” it said, according to a Reuters report.

It said “the number of deaths could range from 63,290 to 101,682, and 220,000 people are reported to be missing”. It said “acute environmental issues” posed a threat to life and health.

“Unless there is a massive and fast infusion of aid, experts and supplies into the hardest-hit areas, there’s going to be a tragedy on an unimaginable scale,” said Greg Beck of the International Rescue Committee, Reuters said.

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