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Chad: MSF Treating Wounded in N'Djamena and Eastern Chad
February 4, 2008
MSF treated 70 wounded in N’Djamena, the Chad capital, over the weekend, but many hundreds of other wounded are reported to be in other hospitals in the city. Over the weekend, access to hospitals was limited due to the ongoing fighting. MSF has been unable to access the other hospitals as the roads are blocked by the masses of people fleeing from the city. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing N’Djamena towards the town of Kousseri in Cameroon. An MSF team currently working in Cameroon is going to Kousseri to evaluate the needs of this displaced population.
Fighting in Eastern Chad
On Sunday, February 3, the town of Adré (bordering the Sudanese region of Darfur) was attacked. Several wounded arrived at the town’s general hospital where an MSF team works. While some team members are being evacuated, a surgical team remains and is operating in the hospital (a surgeon, anesthetist, a nurse, and the field coordinator).
While some teams have been reduced in eastern Chad, MSF is still continuing its work in the region, including in the camps for the displaced and Sudanese refugees.
MSF currently has 15 people (7 international and 8 Chadian staff) working in N’Djamena, and is sending an additional surgical team to N’Djamena to treat the wounded, as well as additional medical and logistical staff to Cameroon to start providing aid to the refugees that are arriving from Chad. A cargo plane has been sent from Bangui (Central African Republic) to southern Chad to provide medical and surgical material for the hospitals in N’Djamena. An additional full charter plane is currently being organized to head to Cameroon with additional medical and surgical material for the hospitals in N’djamena, as well as non food items for the refugees arriving in Cameroon.