Nightly News   |  November 15, 2013

Israeli medic: ‘You give what you can, then go’

The Israeli Defense Force has responded to the crisis in Philippines by setting up a high-tech system to track each patient in Bogo. Many of the survivors in this area are suffering from dehydration, fever and diarrhea. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

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>> now.

>> david, we'll be watching the discussion sunday on "meet the press."

>>> well, it's now been one week tonight since typhoon haiyan became the most powerful storm ever to hit land. of course we have now seen what it did to the philippines . as of tonight, more than 3600 people are dead. 1200 missing. close to 2 million people dismacdis m dismace placed. think of all the schools destroyed. many people are still waiting for help. tonight dr. nancy snyderman is with a team of israeli doctors who specialize in flying in to help the hardest hit populations on earth. they did it in haiti. tonight they are at work in the philippines .

>> reporter: israelis were here for one reason. they have come to set up a m.a.s.h. unit, but where are they? the israelis just picked up people from a philippines chopper and there is a convoy headed this way. are the israelis in that building?

>> yes.

>> reporter: the israelis chose a hospital that wasn't in such bad shape it needed roof repair. they came yesterday, made the repairs and they are already seeing the first patients, all within 24 hours . though damaged this will serve as headquarters and house 60 israeli doctors and nurses. as they always do, the strike team comes totally self-sufficient with enough medical supplies, food and water. why come to the philippines ?

>> because it's a sense of helping your brothers wherever they are. so it doesn't matter your age, your color.

>> reporter: the team is setting up a high tech system to track each patient. but because there are so many people waiting, patients are identified with a slip of paper and a number. a week into the crisis, the medical problems are dehydration, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and many cases of fever in children.

>> oh, he's hot. everyone has fevers today. all the children are hot. it's hard when your baby is sick. [ baby crying ]

>> reporter: the town remains as the storm left it a week ago. buildings destroyed. the water system broken. and it's brutally hot and humid. the stress shows on everyone. young and old, the sick and those who just want to be checked. more people than they can handle. how do you bridge the gap and still depart?

>> you give what you can and then you go. we can't stay forever .

>> reporter: three hours old. congratulations, mom. evenen in this desperation there is hope. a healthy baby has been born. his name -- israel. dr. nancy snyderman , nbc news, bogo, philippines .