Outpatient Department at Ormoc District Hospital and ERU mobilisation

Project Outpatient Department at Ormoc District Hospital and ERU mobilisation

To provide life-saving medical and health services in the areas of greatest need which will reduce the mortality and morbidity rates in areas of operation • To prevent or contain the outbreak of communicable diseases in all areas of operation • To address public health concerns within all areas of operation that may be caused by gaps in other sectors • To support and assist local health agencies in their recovery efforts to ensure that the health system returns to full functionality

Project Partners Ormoc District Hospital

• Primary Health Care Services • Wound dressing / Wound care • Health Surveillance

Locations Leyte Island
Period 18 November – 26 December 2013

The ERU was fully functional for more than one month running for 6-and-a-half days a week till the rehabilitation of ODH was completed by the technical team


The damage to the local health facilities, from barangay (village) health stations to primary and level 1 hospitals, crippled the ability of the local health service providers to respond to the needs of the communities to the scale that was required in the first three weeks. Many barangay health centres suffered total destruction while many hospitals were unable to function as a result of immense damage to the roof structure.


MERCY Malaysia’s first medical team arrived in Ormoc on 15 November and the base of operation was established in Ormoc District Hospital (ODH), a hospital with a 100-bed capacity that was badly damaged by Haiyan. The hospital’s outpatient services were halted indefinitely and the inpatient capacity was reduced to only 20 beds as the two blocks housing the Operation Theatre and all patient wards suffered extensive damage. The only functional building at the time was the administrative block where patients were housed in the hallway and lobby.

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was deployed on 18 November 2013 to be based in the compounds ODH as the temporary Outpatient Department to cater to the health needs of the affected communities in Ormoc City. The team also facilitated medical evacuations of patients who required immediate specialist treatment to more advanced heath facilities in Cebu. The ERU ceased operations on 26 December 2013 with more than thousands of consultations conducted during the emergency