February 02, 2008

Accessing the wounded is difficult due to continuous fighting

Since fighting broke out in the Chadian capital N'Djamena on February 2, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated 50 wounded people referred by the Chadian Red Cross to the hospital where MSF is working. Most of the wounded are civilians, suffering from bullet wounds. According to the Chadian Red Cross about 200 wounded people in total have been referred to various hospitals in the past 48 hours. Continuous fighting is making it very hard to access the injured and take them to medical structures.

An MSF team of 15 people is currently working in a hospital in N’Djamena, including a surgeon, an anesthetist, two doctors, nurses, logisticians, and the MSF head of mission. MSF is organizing a charter plane from Bangui (the capital of the Central African republic) with medical and surgical materials, including a kit for 50 surgical interventions and a kit for treating 150 wounded people, to reinforce hospitals in N'Djamena.