Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa, Nepal, is rapidly becoming a major treatment center after the 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal recently. None of the buildings at SMH were damaged significantly and there were no casualties among the staff. Aftershocks are frequent and remain a cause for concern. Two medical students from Loma Linda University recently completed rotations there and are also safe. Initial medical supplies are adequate, but many patients are now flooding into Scheer from the surrounding valleys, and more supplies and help will be needed soon. Both water and electricity are intact at the hospital. The army had supplied tents for the hospital to function in as patients did not want to stay inside the buildings due to the frequent aftershocks. Full clinical operations were continuing in these temporary quarters.
As of Monday morning, the current inpatient census is about 180 patients. Most have been moved back onto the wards.
Scheer Memorial Hospital is a member of Adventist Health International, based in Loma Linda, California. Until we can clearly get a sense of what is needed, funds are being solicited to support the operation of the hospital and those they serve in the Banepa region of Nepal. Once needs are identified, appropriate medical equipment and supplies will be procured to enable the hospital team to care for the many injured patients coming for care. In addition to this, specialty teams are being identified to travel to Nepal when the request comes.
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