Enhancement of Current Medical Services at Ormoc District Hospital

Project Enhancement of Current Medical Services at Ormoc District Hospital

• Enhanced hospital’s capability and efficiency in providing nursing care for patients • Increased capacity in the delivery of orthopaedic related treatment in Ormoc District Hospital • Improved health services from the obstetrics and gynaecology department in Ormoc District Hospital

Project Partners Ormoc District Hospital

• Hire nurses for ODH • Hire nurses for ODH wound care • Basic Life Support Training for the MM nurses • Orthopedics specialist surgical deployment • Obstetrics Skills Enhancement training • Supplementation of obstetrics and gynaecology equipment

Locations Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines
Period 10th January 2014 – 30th June 2014

12 nurses employed for 6 months in Ormoc District Hospital


Ormoc City lies directly in the pathway of the typhoon that hit Philippines on November 8, 2013. The city is on the western coast of Leyte and therefore was not affected by the storm surge. Although there was no casualties reported in Ormoc City, the city has experienced a huge loss in terms of properties. Most buildings lose their roofing and public amenities which was damaged by the typhoon. Ormoc District Hospital is a Level 1 referral hospital situated in Ormoc City and was badly affected by the typhoon. The hospital, operated by the Provincial Government of Leyte, sustained 80% damage on its roofing structure. There was only one block that was operational out of the three blocks of the hospital. All wards, operating complex and the delivery rooms were damaged and non functional. The 100-bed hospital was not able to accommodate admissions properly and inpatients were placed in the main lobby and alleys of the only block that sustained minor damage during the typhoon. Majority of its health services such as General Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Surgery and Orthopedics were suspended. It was a major disruption to the health system in Western Leyte as this hospital caters to patients in seven municipalities around Ormoc City namely Palompon, Isabel, Tabango, San Isidro, Calubian, Leyte and Camotes Island. The hospital also experienced a lack of manpower in addition to the building’s physical damages as its personnel were also affected by the typhoon.


MERCY Malaysia was one of the first agencies to arrive at the Ormoc District Hospital. MERCY Malaysia arrived a week after the typhoon and worked very closely with the hospital authorities since arrival. MERCY Malaysia assisted the hospital by augmenting the services of its health personnel and other resources required, other than the rehabilitation of the hospital building. MERCY Malaysia deployed its Emergency Response Unit consisting of tents, equipment and medical supplies to run a temporary Outpatient Department that operated for two months at the hospital. At the same time, MERCY Malaysia initiated the rehabilitation work which covered 80% of the damaged area. The rehabilitation work was completed in phases, with the commencement of its health services resuming as early as three weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan. All the patients were able to move back into the hospital by Christmas time. MERCY Malaysia continued to work together with Ormoc District Hospital by employing twelve nurses to augment their nursing services in January. Surgical teams comprising of orthopaedics specialists, anesthesiologists and nurses were also deployed throughout December 2013 and January 2014 to support its orthopaedic cases. MERCY Malaysia continued with its intervention in Ormoc District Hospital through the recovery phase by supplementing Ormoc District Hospital with nurses to assist the hospital. Twelve nurses were hired with two of the nurses designated for wound care. The wound care services team saw a large reduction in secondary contamination of wounds as a result of this support.