Rescue SA saves parts of Filipino hospital

The rescue team says its members are now treating hundreds of locals.

Relief efforts continue in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PALOMPON - Rescue South Africa says it's managed to save major parts of a hospital in the Philippines and its members are now treating hundreds of locals.

Millions of people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and countries around the world have sent teams to help out.

Rescue SA has been deployed to the south-eastern part of the country.

The organisation's Ian Scher says by next week they will need to figure out an exit plan.

"We managed to salvage the operating theater and delivery rooms so that they can start working as soon as possible. And now we're trying to find other colleagues who might be coming to take over from us."

The Gift of the Givers relief mission is also drawing to a close, but transporting aid to thousands of people across the country continues to be the biggest obstacle for the national government and international aid organisations.

The group has managed to transport 15 tons of aid to the Philippines, but it has taken them more than seven days to get about two thirds to the desired location.

This is due to a shortage of transportation methods between the islands and concerns about the looting of food and drinking water.

Hundreds and millions of dollars worth of aid has poured into the Philippines from international donors, but the majority of it is still stuck in major airports.

Coordinator of the coast guard aid distribution team says this is due to poor infrastructure for delivery.

"Our roads are not designed to carry long lines of trailers and pickup trucks."

He says at the Tacloban military base, some of the food has already begun to rot.

"There are goods which have not been delivered and are getting spoiled."

The United Nations humanitarian report estimated close to 40 percent of the $300 million needed for relief has been raised, but it's unable to say how much of it has reached the people.