International SOS Assists Victims of Can Tho Bridge Collapse

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 September 2007 – Following the collapse of a suspension bridge in Can Tho, south of Ho Chi Minh City on 26 Sep 07, International SOS mobilized its resources in Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Bangkok to Can Tho. This was done in order to provide assistance on the ground to members.

An International SOS first response team comprising three doctors and a nurse, an interpreter and operations manager from the International SOS alarm centre and clinic in Ho Chi Minh City was dispatched immediately. The team arrived at the accident site hours after the accident has occurred, with medical equipment, supplies and a road ambulance.

The first response team worked with the local authorities and hospitals to obtain preliminary medical reports of the victims. Their immediate task is to assess the medical conditions of at least 60 members and develop a plan of action for them to receive appropriate medical care. This includes the option of evacuating seriously injured patients to Ho Chi Minh City. The team is evaluating various modes of mass evacuation including by bus, boat, road ambulance or helicopter. Medical staff at the International SOS clinic in Ho Chi Minh City have been placed on standby to receive and treat victims of the bridge collapse.

International SOS has been operating in Vietnam since 1989 and currently provides general practice consultations and emergency medical care services via its 24-hour alarm centre in Ho Chi Minh City and three international clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Vung Tau. The International SOS clinics are fully equipped with emergency rooms complete with electronic monitoring and resuscitation equipment. International SOS works with a network of medical service providers and hospitals in 40 provinces throughout Vietnam.

About International SOS

International SOS has global operations in over 60 countries, spanning five continents. The company provides clients with a comprehensive portfolio of medical and security services to ensure that people travelling and working internationally have access to immediate help.