Hospitals in Albania are treating hundreds of patients following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 650 people were injured and 25 people killed in the disaster. Hundreds of patients are receiving hospital treatment.
WHO personnel have been on the ground since "the first moments of this disaster". The organisation says medical facilities are coping well.
“The Medical Emergencies Coordination Centre is doing tremendous work in responding to the consequences of the earthquake,” commented Dr Raul Gonzalez-Montero, WHO Representative in Albania. “I personally went to visit affected areas and health facilities where health personnel are working around the clock to treat trauma and other injuries, and they are coping well.”
The WHO said that while the current priority is to save lives from trauma and injuries from building collapse, following this phase, it is critical to monitor the potential risk of communicable diseases, particularly in areas affected by overcrowding. “There is also a need to address post-traumatic mental disorders and continue the provision of care for chronic conditions. Eventually, recovery and rehabilitation will be in focus,” it said.