MEDICAL AID PROGRAM FOR ZANDARO

By Oleksandra TRETEVYCH and Oleksandr MELNYCHENKO, Group 33-E To cater for the needs of the suffering population in the disaster area we have to provide medical support for the international rescue mission. For this purpose we have to take the following immediate steps:

1. Deploy helicopter ambulance service. The road

network in Zandaro is virtually destroyed and certain areas are flooded. Only helicopters can reach the remote localities and evacuate casualties. 2. Send heavy-duty ambulance vehicles. With the destroyed roads and rough terrain we will need heavy-duty fullwheel-drive ambulance vehicles. We plan to ask the nations participating in the rescue mission to share their medical evacuation vehicles. 3. Request donor nations to dispatch their military medical teams. As there are very few doctors in Zandaro, we have to involve medical staff who can arrive in the area as soon as possible. The logical decision in this case will be sending in military medical teams, as they are trained to deal with casualties in the most unfriendly environment. After dealing with the urgent cases of casualties our next step will be bringing medical aid to those who do not have access to basic medical care. It means that we have to man medical aid stations in the campsites for refugees. Obviously, we will have to have more medical facilities than just camp medical stations. So, we are going to deploy a number of container and tent-based mobile field hospitals. Simultaneously, the repair works at the existing Zandaro’s hospitals should be started. We aim at increasing their capacity from 50 to 150 patients each. Later on, the number of hospitals should be at least tripled by building new facilities with modern equipment.

Also, blood plasma, medications and medical equipment necessary to be used at the deploying facilities have to be supplied as soon as possible. The promised International Red Cross participation looks very encouraging. We plan to start training nurses in Zandaro and in the neighboring countries. The foreign emergency service doctors and nurses who are going to arrive in the area may also act as their part-time trainers. They will not complete their training sooner

than in 2 or 3 years, but, at least the program will receive efficient helpers within months. They will be able to assist doctors and take care of the basic cases.

However, it is not possible to organize doctors’ training in Zandaro. So, another future goal will be sending promising candidates abroad, to the leading universities of the region. The program budget should include tuition expenses. Before Zandaro can get its own doctors, volunteers ought to do the job in the area. We also insist on including free vaccination of children into the combined plan of aid to Zandaro. It is preferable to vaccinate the entire population, but we are not sure if the international community will be able to afford such expenses. Thank you for your attention. We are ready to answer your questions.