Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Kuala Lumpur (PTI): A Malaysian NGO will set up four mobile clinics in Sri Lanka's embattled northern district of Vavuniya to provide healthcare facilities for fleeing Tamil civilians. The clinics, funded and equipped by Non Governmental Organisation 'MERCY', will be manned by Sri Lankan doctors in the high-security camps, where over 150,000 IDP are now being housed safely.

The mobile clinics will offer extended primary healthcare for thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) at Cheddukulam of Vavuniya District. "There is an urgent need for healthcare in these camps. We were invited by the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka to run this project in these camps. Our four posts will cater for about 100,000 IDP," national news agency Bernama quoted Elliane Arriany Mustapha, MERY's programme officer, as saying.

"We will fully equip these health posts and once completed, local doctors will run the day-to-day operations," she said adding that the NGO is still raising funds to start a second project in Sri Lanka. Each health post will be equipped with beds, minor surgery paraphernalia, medical kits and ECG machine. MERCY volunteers, including doctors, water engineer, electricians and logistic personnel arrived in Sri Lanka in early April to begin the humanitarian project for war victims who began to pour into Menik Farm, the largest site in the north that shelters escapees. FROM THE HINDU.

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