The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) announced Tuesday the deployment of its mobile hospital in Mozambique, an East African country that was ravaged by the deadly passage of Hurricane Idai about two weeks ago.
A team of 25 Canadian relief workers composed of medical, nursing and technical staff will operate this hospital to meet the urgent health needs of the communities.
The Canadian Red Cross observed that the hurricane had severely disrupted the local health network as several facilities were damaged and no longer had electricity. Hundreds of thousands of people are now deprived of basic services and their needs for medical care are significant.
The Red Cross is concerned that the presence of stagnant flood waters over an area of 3,000 square kilometers poses significant risks of outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and malaria, especially if floods persist.
The Red Cross Hospital will have an operating room, a maternity ward and several consultation rooms that will allow humanitarian workers to offer a range of services. These will include first aid and wound and fracture treatment, a counseling service that can see 200 patients a day and psychosocial support.
Canadians who wish to support Red Cross efforts can donate by visiting www.redcross.ca or by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111.