Trapped Filipino Quake Survivors Get Medical Aid

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BOHOL, Philippines -- More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes in the Bohol province of the Philippines after last week's devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

More than 8,500 homes were destroyed, while others are deemed unsafe to live in.

CBN Disaster Relief teams are responding to help earthquake victims who are trapped in remote areas of the country. Villagers are happy that medical aid has come to them for the very first time.

The earthquake crumbled sections of Minerva Acuram's home. Her son, Reynante, said a trip to the doctor saved the family from death.

"It's really a miracle," Reynante said. "I'm really thankful to God! If we were home, my mother and my sisters would still be sleeping here in their rooms and would have been killed when our house collapsed.

Minerva suffers from heart palpitations and anxiety.

"I am always dizzy and I feel so weak," Minerva said. "I am thankful the trip to the doctor saved us, but I still feel the same and even feel worse because of the earthquake."

Minerva and other villagers are desperate for medical attention. The earthquake caused the town's hospital and bridge to collapse. That makes it almost impossible for villagers to get help at another hospital outside of town.

Though access to these isolated areas is limited, CBN Disaster Relief teams endured difficult travel conditions to bring help to these desperate Filipinos.

Almost all of the houses in the municipality of Loon have been severely damaged by the earthquake, and that is why most of the families there are living in makeshift tents outside their homes -- some of them in the school grounds.

Meanwhile, the CBN Disaster Relief team arrived to conduct a medical mission. The people of Loon are very grateful because for the very first time, their medical needs are being cared for.

"I can't believe that a medical mission came to our village," Reynante said. "I am very thankful that CBN is here. We feel relieved even for a short while and that really matters much to us"

Minerva said she is happy the doctors came to her and provided free medicines for her ulcer. A CBN counselor prayed for healing, and invited her to trust Jesus.

"Thank you very much for coming to us," she said. "You've made us feel that we are not alone. After the counselor prayed for me, I feel a big burden was lifted from my chest."

Most of the earthquake victims are suffering from dehydration, diarrhea, and skin disease because of a lack of clean water. CBN Disaster Relief teams will work to meet that need and bring additional help in the days ahead.

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Lucille Talusan

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