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Samaritan's Purse deploys field hospital to Turkey

Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an emergency field hospital, manned by dozens of volunteer doctors and nurses, to give aid to those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. 

The deadly 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes have left more than 23,000 people confirmed dead.

Through Samaritan’s Purse, 75 members of a Disaster Assistance Response Team will be working with the injured and homeless in Turkey.

The hospital is equipped with 52 patient beds, a pharmacy and two operating rooms. 

They will also deliver critically-needed supplies – such as tarp and hygiene items - to those that have been left in freezing temperatures. 

Darren Tosh, Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse UK, told Premier Christian News: “Once it's up and running later this weekend, we'll be able to conduct up to 25 surgeries a day. 

This, of course, requires a huge amount of skilled specialists. 

“I've got people flying out of Newcastle, out of Stansted, out of Belfast - doctors and nurses who will be going in to Turkey to be working in this hospital for the next month. 

“Many are already on the ground preparing for the setup. They're already working with the local hospital to figure out how we're able to get things set up. 

“Then beyond the hospital, some of the most obvious needs are going to be shelter, getting people out of the cold and the rain, and water and food. 

“So this initial plane load that's going in with 90 -tonnes of aid, it’s fully-loaded.

“We have a distribution network there that exists through the local churches and through the government partners to be able to get the aid to as many areas as possible, and that includes trying to figure out how best to be able to serve those that are on the Syrian side as well.

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