Czech mobile hospital starts working in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka
A Czech mobile children's hospital has just started working in the city of Galle in Sri Lanka. The experienced 21-member medical and technical team arrived in the tsunami-hit region on Tuesday. By Friday morning all the tents had been put up and furnished with medical equipment to welcome the first patients.
"I paid a visit to the local maternity hospital yesterday and it was quite a powerful experience. The women in labour are living in appalling conditions, either just lying on a rug on a concrete floor or two to three sharing one bed. The Sri Lankan authorities have asked us to help there so we will try our best to improve the situation."
The Czech medial unit had been originally invited by the Sri Lankan authorities to come and help out just for three months but it now looks as though they might stay for much longer.
The Hand for Help organisation is already in talks with other Czech charities and the Senate over additional funding. The team, composed of doctors, nurses, technicians and cooks will be rotated regularly. Doctors will take monthly turns.