Japan quake: MSF works in isolated community devastated by quake

March 15, 2011

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Japan quake: MSF works in isolated community devastated by quake © JIJI PRESS

On Tuesday, members of the 11-person MSF team in the area devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunamis worked in evacuation centres with local medical staff in a small, isolated community in Miyagi prefecture.

“There were two local doctors in Minamisanriku who have been working in around 20 evacuation centres since the earthquake and tsunami, so team members today assisted them in their consultations,” said Emmanuel Goue, the emergency coordinator of the MSF team.

From Tuesday, MSF staff plan to start a small clinic in another town near to Minamisanriku using drugs donated on Monday. Once additional medical resources from the massive Japanese relief effort arrive, MSF will try to find other pockets of communities who may need medical assistance.

Japanese authorities continue to devote enormous resources to the relief operation that began as soon as the tsunamis receded.

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