Twin earthquakes in northwest Iran

The Lancet (Impact Factor: 45.22). 10/2012; 380(9851):1384. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61798-X
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overwhelmed by patients with non-urgent requirements. Two existing hospitals were greatly damaged by the earthquakes, highlighting the fact that health centres should be designed on the basis of safety guidelines for earthquakes. The initial shock has abated, but precautionary measures still need to be taken and reformed for the future. The concerns that should be addressed include rehabilitation and follow-up of the youngest and oldest victims, prevention of infectious disease epidemics, and further training of medical staff to overcome challenges they might encounter in similar situations. We declare that we have no confl icts of interest.

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