Ohana Medical Mission returning to areas hit by Typhoon HaiyanUPDATED 10:35 PM HST Jun 25, 2014Video Transcript
Hurricane season, officially began this month, and is just warming up for us here in Hawaii. But in the Philippines, thousands are still suffering from the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan which struck late last year. So doctors and volunteers from our islands are heading back to help once again. KITV 4's Paul Drewes has more on the latest Ohana Medical Mission. Super Typhoon Haiyan roared ashore last November with winds near 200 miles an hour, leaving in its wake more than 6-thousand people dead and entire communities destroyed. A group of doctors and volunteers from Hawaii travelled there more than a month after the storm hit. They were prepared to assist medically but many residents needed much more help. 5:49-6:07 "the typhoon came into the tacloban in the middle of the night so many people were afraid to sleep, the dark. So we were treating them for stress disorders. Now we are more prepared to treat those types of situations" Working in communities in the Central Philippines that had been hardest hit by the storm, volunteers with the Ohana medical mission treated residents for non-emergency care, provided medicine and comfort. 7:47 they lost their home, a member of their family, but still they had to deal with the every day life. They had to let life go on as they go through this grief This time, volunteers will again travel with hundreds of pounds of medicine and supplies -- visiting many of the same communities as before. The first week of July they will providing medical consultations, screenings, treatment and even minor surgical procedures. 9:29 there's no health care in the philippines, so with us bringing the health care and medicine with us it will be a great help 5:30-5:40 "we are going to be providing a little humanitarian aid, but mainly surgical, medical and dental. Just outreach to help these folks out." During the months between visits, the group has been busy hiring physicians in the Philippines, so residents there will get some of the care they desperately need. 10:00 it will be critical to alleviate the aches and pains, and psychological well-being - just to uplift the problems that they have Seven months after the storm, members of this medical mission are returning because they have not forgotten the amount of destruction and suffering they saw and the need that still remains. 4:52-5:05 "from what we have seen being there before, it is going to take those communities many years to recover from this" Doctors tell me even though the residents of the Philippines had lost so much, they still welcomed the group into their homes and shared whatever was left -- including generators and food. As the volunteers make final preparations for this follow up trip, they are still able to take donations. If you would like to help the Ohana Medical Mission you can call 387-8297. Kenny back to you.