On May 21, Zhejiang Provincial Government honored the team that was dispatched to the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan rescue on November 21, 2013 with first-class merit.
The rescue team that left for the Philippines consists of 50 members, 46 of which are from Zhejiang. They are emergency & epidemic prevention managerial officials and medicals from departments of pediatrics, gynecology & obstetrics, respiration, internal medicine, orthopedics and infections.
Most of the team members are senior professionals aged around 40 working with major hospitals in Hangzhou. The nurses are also very experienced and good at speaking English. The team also carried a large amount of medical reliefs, medicines and medical equipment.
The rescue team arrived at Abuyog City of the Philippines on November 23 and started to receive patients at 8am the next morning.
Many doctors suffered from sunstroke as the temperature in Abuyog hit as high as 42 degrees centigrade in the daytime. They treated 2,144 patients during the ten-day stay in the city. Approximately 270 people received Ultrasonic B checks, 121 people received electrocardiographic examinations and 224 received chemical examinations.
Given that Typhoon Haiyan severely damaged the hospitals in the city, the rescue team donated some life-saving relief and medical equipment to local government and hospitals. These were also the first donations of medicines and medical equipment Abuyog had received after the typhoon, which were widely well remarked by the Philippines and related international organizations.
Source: Hangzhou Government