Emergency Medical Team Heads to Earthquake-Ravaged
At the request of the International Rescue Committee,
the Johns Hopkins
Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response and
the Bloomberg School of
Public Health's Center for Refugee and Disaster
Response have sent a team of two physicians and a nurse to
Pakistan to assess long-term health needs and provide
clinical care in the wake of the devastating earthquake
Italo Subbaro and Angali Pant, both on the faculty of
the Bloomberg School and also fellows in Hopkins'
Department of Emergency
Medicine, and Daksha Brambhatt, a nurse in
the department, left on Oct. 17 for Muzaffarabad, Pakistan,
with a contingent of medical personnel assembled by the IRC
for a monthlong mission to the stricken region.
Muzaffarabad is the capital of the state of Azad
Kashmir, part of the Pakistani-controlled portion of the
Kashmir region. It is located very close to the epicenter
of the Oct. 8 earthquake, which destroyed 50 percent of the
buildings in the town, including most official buildings,
and is estimated to have killed up to 40,000 people in
Pakistani-controlled Kashmir alone.
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