Trauma care facilities for bombing victims

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One bombing attempt foiled, another one killed many people and injured hundreds. Seems like a normal day for me. But I am not in Iraq or Afghanistan. I live in the Philippines.

The news of another foiled bombing attempt in the busy marketplace of Tacurong City just went on the news because of a hero’s brave attempt at saving lives. Without such bravery and gore, I bet it would just be another addition to the so many attempts on the bomb scarred Tacurong City.

I wonder whats with Tacurong City that terrorists seem to use it as a bomb exercise target more often! Money?Power?Politics? The place is bleeding! It had barely recovered yet from the previous bombing injuries it incurred! And here we go again…

Manila has been rocked lately by a bomb that killed and injured hundreds of innocent victims. It is a nightmare to everyone.

But unlike Metro Manila, Tacurong City don’t have the Level I Trauma Care center and the facilities to support medical staff tending to bombing victims. In the last powerful blast that wrecked havoc in Tacurong City, the medical support personnel were practically scampering for help and logistics and the city bled with its finances just to help the injured victims.

Needless to say, prevention is still the best way to prevent this acts of terrorism. But when such disaster occur despite efforts to prevent it, it may be wise to just coordinate such medical interventions with the alert medical trauma response team and a Trauma Center.

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (