January 24, 2007
What is MSF currently doing in Point Pedro Hospital?
What are the conditions on the whole of Jaffna peninsula?
The peninsula has been practically cut off from the rest of the country since last year when the main highway was closed due to the conflict. Around 500,000 people live in this enclave, many of them with depleted resources since commerce by land is no longer possible. Access to the peninsula is only by air and sea so most of the supply is carried out by boat, but this can take several months. If there are delays in the supply of food or other basic items then the situation can deteriorate rapidly for the people. There is also a great deal of violence on the peninsula. Fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tigers, as well as assassinations and grenade attacks, have lead many people to flee. As a result, many medical specialists have fled to Colombo, while others are unwilling to come to the peninsula to replace them. For example, there is only one pediatrician for the whole peninsula nearly half a million people.
How has the situation evolved since MSF was in Point Pedro in October?
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