Archive for Thursday, December 30, 2004

Doctors visiting India are OK, hospital says

December 30, 2004

The staff at Providence Medical Center was able to breathe a sigh of relief after learning that several of the center's physicians who are in southern Asia are OK.

The physicians are in India, close to the region that was ravaged by a large earthquake that triggered massive flooding in several countries and claimed nearly 80,000 lives.

"We found that four of our physicians are still in India," said physician marketing coordinator Julie Barber. "They are there and they are OK."

Hospital officials said they got word each of the physicians, two cardiologists, an internal medicine specialist and a nephrologist, is fine.

Barber said several of the center's other physicians are from the area or have connections there, though they are not in the region at this time.

On Dec. 26, a magnitude 9.0 underwater earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Sumatra and triggered the dozens of tsunami waves that have affected countries from Thailand to East Africa, the Associated Press reported. Although news agencies report the death toll is soaring to 80,000 as more remote areas are searched, thousands more are still missing.

In addition to the multitudes of deaths and injuries, the flooding has caused extensive damage in several countries.

On Wednesday, the American Red Cross announced that volunteers from the United States will be deployed shortly and will join British Red Cross volunteers in Sri Lanka. Additional volunteers are on standby to respond to the area in the coming days, the agency reported.

Information about U.S. citizens living or traveling in southern Asia may be obtained by calling the United States Department of State at 1-888-407-4747.

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