By Peter Wooding, European Bureau Chief for the ASSIST News Service
ECUADOR (ANS – March 22, 2016) — When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador Saturday, April 16, 2016, Samaritan’s Purse immediately began mobilizing supplies and experienced relief workers to aid in the aftermath.
The organization now has a team of 30 on the ground, including medical staff, working through local church partners. An emergency field hospital has also arrived and is now operational.
A number of additional team members will be travelling from the UK, including medical and logistics staff.
Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse said: “The earthquake in Ecuador has caused incredible death, injury, destruction and loss. We are responding in the Name of Jesus Christ to help with emergency needs such as water, shelter and medical care. Please keep the people of Ecuador in your prayers.”
On Wednesday, Samaritan’s Purse started utilizing a newly refurbished DC-8. The aircraft’s inaugural flight with the organization was to transport an emergency field hospital, relief supplies, and more than 30 medical staff and relief workers to Ecuador.
Further flights continue today (Friday,April 22) and Sunday, April 24.
This aircraft, which can carry 40 tons of emergency supplies and dozens of personnel, is a critical new tool for Samaritan’s Purse to bring relief to traumatized survivors of disasters around the world.
The medical mobile unit gives Samaritan’s Purse a physical location to treat and help patients in need. It has an emergency room with the capacity to see more than 100 people a day, an operating theatre with the ability to perform 7 – 10 surgeries daily, 20 inpatient beds, and an outpatient clinic with an adjunct lab, ultrasound imaging capabilities, on-site pharmacy and pharmacist. Approximately 40 medical personnel will staff the field hospital each day.
In addition to the overwhelming medical need in Ecuador, Samaritan’s Purse will be working with its team of relief specialists currently on the ground to provide clean water to 50,000 people and meet the shelter needs of 5,000 households.
About Samaritan’s Purse
Samaritan’s Purse UK is an international relief and development organization that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need in 18 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
To find out more about Samaritan’s Purse in the UK, visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.
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Photo captions: 1) Samaritan’s Purse airlift. (Samaritan’s Purse). 2) Rescue worker surveys the devastation after the Ecuador earthquake (Photo: Jose Jacome/EPA/Newscom. 3) Workers setting up the field hospital. (Samaritan’s Purse). 5) Peter Wooding filming in London. (Mick Rock).
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