GP to work in Filipino jungle

A Merseyside GP is to transfer his practice to a Filipino jungle.

Dr Ralph Brussatis, a German-born locum, will spend the first three months of next year on a humanitarian mission to the rural Philippines.

Accompanied by nursing staff he will spend several weeks trekking through the interior of the country, offering immunisations and other treatments.

He will also spend some time practising in a local hospital.

Dr Brussatis said he felt he could do more good in south east Asia than

in Liverpool. ‘If I'm not here for a while it won't harm anyone as there are enough other doctors,' he said.

But in the Philippines, ‘there's nobody else there, because the government doesn't provide any health services'.

This is not Dr Brussatis' first humanitarian mission. He has previously worked in Manila and Belize.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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