AMDA Emergency Bulletin #4: Earthquake in New Zealand
On 3rd March, AMDA Multi-national Medical Mission (AMMM) finished their mission in Christchurch and the personnel involved went back to their respective home countries by 5th March. In a week's mission, AMDA team achieved more than was set out to achieve.
AMDA nurses from Japan were able to give valuable and very timely support to to the Japanese families of missing students. The nurses stayed with the families and supported them in many ways 24 hours a day. The AMDA team also had a chance to visit the Mayor's office in the city centre and meet the Mayor, and donated 160 water tanks (10 liters each) that had been sent from Japan by courtesy of the Okayama prefectural government. An accompanying letter from the Governor of Okayama was handed to the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch on 2nd March.
Meanwhile, a doctor from Samoa who was part of AMMM cooperated with the Australian ER team. They were consulted by about 140 patients over three days in the temporary medical centre in the outskirts of Christchurch. The centre received patients with diagnosis such as gynecology problem, anti-natal complication, general headaches and body pains, and kids with cuts and bruises. Through the Samoan doctor, AMDA also donated 40 water containers to the small Samoan communities in Christchurch. There were 25 to 30 Samoan families from a low income background affected by the earthquake. The donation, which would be very useful for the community, was received with appreciation.