NGO visits 50 villages in Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the area almost two weeks ago.

A satellite image of category five Super Typhoon Haiyan which made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Picture: AFP.

PALOMPON, PHILIPPINES - Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers are relieved to have found residents of Palompon in relatively good health.

Five teams visited the 50 villages in the region on Wednesday.

Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the area almost two weeks ago.

The teams also managed to reach areas that hadn't received help from aid workers.

Trauma nurse Lynette Reineke consulted with about 20 patients in the Liberty and Santiago villages.

She says she was relieved the people there hadn't sustained any serious injuries.

"It's mainly primary healthcare that patients need."

Reineke said most patients suffered from coughs and fevers.

She said the biggest medical concern was the state of the only functioning hospital, which was already filled to capacity.

Reineke says the hospital is in urgent need of basic supplies like bed linen.

The Gift of the Givers team will return to these areas as well as fishing villages on the coast on Thursday.

The NGO is hoping to set up a feeding scheme to help people in need.