ISN RDRTF: first reaction to earthquake in Nepal
Following the earthquake in Nepal, Wim Van Biesen, Chairman of the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF), has sent out the first communication report.
According to this report, local nephrologists are well prepared and are currently helping the chronic patients and managing the additional crush syndrome and acute kidney injury (AKI) patients. Some dialysis units have been damaged, but are now in the process of being restarted and/or repaired. Other units are fully functional.
At this stage, the RDRTF will not send in a team from abroad. However, this might change in the next days, if crush and AKI cases increase, and/or some shortage of local nursing/nephrologists might develop, in view of the stringent and dire conditions in the disaster area.
Van Biesen states further that: “We, at the RDTRF headquarters, are compiling all the information we receive from different sources, and will keep you informed about the evolution. Our logistical partner, Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium, is present on the ground in Kathmandu as of this morning, so we hope to get even more detailed information in the coming hours.”
Read more about the RDRTF, HERE.