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Sudan: MSF Treats 24 Wounded in Malakal as Fighting Increases
March 14, 2011
Sudan 2011 © MSF
This past weekend, fighting in western Upper Nile and northern Jonglei states, in southern Sudan, led to an influx of wounded people at Malakal Hospital. Medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported the Ministry of Health (MoH) facility to provide urgent medical care and treatment to 24 people, including seven women and one child.
“Our main concern is that people in need of medical care can receive it,” said Head of Mission Voitek Asztabski, “Our team worked tirelessly to treat those who reached Malakal Hospital. However, it is crucial that all those involved in hostilities ensure that people are able to access emergency medical care.”
During a pause in the fighting, which first flared early on March 12 and continued through the weekend, an MSF surgical team was able to proceed to the Malakal Hospital. Together with the MoH, staff provided emergency medical assistance, focusing on stabilization and immediate surgical care, including 18 surgical procedures, most of them for people who presented with gunshot wounds.
“The current fighting seems to have calmed,” Asztabski said. "However, MSF will continue to provide emergency surgical support at Malakal Hospital, as long as needs remain."