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      Local medical mission team heading back to Philippines

      A relief team from northwest Ohio is heading back to the Philippines, just one week after completing a medical mission to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

      A team of 8-9 volunteers from the mission group SCORE, will provide medical relief to a city 18-km south of Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas of the Philippines. Dr. Richard Paat of Maumee will lead the team of volunteers, dentists, and experts in internal medicine and surgery. This will be the groupâ??s 16th mission to the Philippines, and its second disaster mission following the typhoon.

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      â??The place weâ??re gonna be at is probably gonna be a little harder hit, even though New Washington also got the eye of the Typhoon,â?? said Paat, who helped lead the relief mission in New Washington on Panay Island.

      The team leaves on Thursday, and will then take a flight from Manila to Tacloban on Friday. The team plans to bring 15 duffle bags full of medicine and supplies. Although it is a smaller amount compared to the 32 bags used to treat about 2,700 patients in New Washington, Paat expects the supplies to be sufficient. Along with help from a 15-member relief team from the University of St. Thomas, Paat anticipates treating upper respiratory diseases, skin infections, wounds and malnutrition.

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      â??The people weâ??re gonna be dealing with have no homes, no houses, theyâ??ve been exposed to the elements and lack of medical care for three weeks,â?? said Paat, whose team will sleep in an abandoned hotel with no electricity. He added, â??Our team will be self-sufficient. Weâ??ll be bringing our own food, water and supplies in.â??

      The relief mission will be completed by Monday, before the team returns to northwest Ohio on Tuesday.

      The death toll in the Philippines has now climbed past 5,000.