The Detroit-based World Medical Relief (WMR) has sent one more shipment of medicines and medical supplies and equipment to Tacloban City, Philippines for distribution to thousands of victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Filipino-American George V. Samson, president and chief executive officer of WMR, said half of the shipment of medicines and medical supplies which were loaded in a container van will be turned over to Sister Eloisa David, a civic leader who has been helping the typhoon victims. The other half of the shipment will be given to a group of pastors who will handle the distribution of the medicines and supplies.
Samson said he expects the shipment to arrive in the next few days in Tacloban. He noted reports that the victims are badly in need of medicines due to the shortage of drugs in the city.
The shortage came as a result of the continuous shutdown of three Mercury Drugstores which were looted shortly after the storm surge swept Tacloban and nearby areas. The drugstores were not only looted but were also destroyed by the looters who smashed the stores’ shelves, windows and doors.
Samson said WMR had earlier sent to Tacloban the first shipment of medicines and medical supplies which were distributed free to the victims by Sister David, who is the administrator of the Divine Word Hospital in the city.
Samson said the first shipment also contained second-hand medical equipment, like hospital beds, which were donated by WMR to the Divine Word Hospital.