First emergency response team has left for Nepal this morning

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SAMUT PRAKAN, 29 April 2015 – The first Mobile Emergency Response Team or MERT which has been set up by the Public Health Ministry left Suvarnabhumi Airport for Nepel this morning amidst witnesses led by Surachet Satitramai, acting permanent secretary for Public Health.

The first batch of 19 MERT paramedics took a Thai Airways International flight TG 319 departing Thailand at 10.15 a.m. In Nepal they will support the international relief efforts for survivors of the earthquake that hit the country on Saturday.

The team comprises four emergency physicians, one surgeon, four nurses, six emergency medical technicians, two communication officers, one psychiatrist, and one expert in disease control.

They are from the Department of Medical Services, Rajavithi Hospital, Lerdsin Hospital, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Hospital, Chaophraya Aphai Phu Bet Hospital in Prachin Buri, Surin Hospital, Khonkaen Hospital, and Su-ngaikolok Hospital in Narathiwat.