19 Mar '11, 7am

Doctors are struggling to provide care to the sick and infirm evacuated from hospitals to ill-equipped shelters in Japan

Doctors are struggling to provide care to the sick and infirm evacuated from hospitals to ill-equipped shelters in Japan

A Japanese doctor holds the hand of an elderly tsunami survivor who was a being treated at a hospital at the time of the tsunami and was then shifted to a shelter for earthquake victims in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 17, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP KESENNUMA (Japan) - OVERWORKED doctors are struggling to provide care to the sick and infirm evacuated from hospitals to ill-equipped shelters after the giant earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan. Public health professionals have warned of flu outbreaks in the congested shelters - often little more than school gyms with no heating or running water, meaning the medical treatment on offer is basic. At best. Many survivors were left without their regular medications when the tsunami waters destroyed their houses and swallowed entire picturesque towns in northeast Japan over a week ago. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun news...

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