November 16, 2009
Somalia 2009 © MSF
In the central Somali city of Galkayo, Dr. Abdullahi Adan Mohamoud is working for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to provide health care to a vulnerable population trapped in a conflict-ridden and divided city. In this interview, he discusses the medical needs in Galkayo and his experience working as a surgeon in Somalia.
Why is MSF’s surgical facility in South Galkayo Hospital so important?
What kinds of surgeries do you perform?
How long has MSF been providing surgery in Galkayo?
"The explosion took place after midnight and the hospital was flooded with wounded"
—Dr. Abdullahi Adan Mohamoud, MSF surgeon
Can you tell us about any recent incidents that illustrate your work?
The explosion took place after midnight and the hospital was flooded with wounded. Unfortunately, there were two patients with very heavy injuries who died at the triage before even reaching the operational theatre.
People had all kinds of injuries, ranging from minor injuries to major abdominal and vascular injuries. The easier cases needed medical treatment and the major cases needed surgical intervention. We managed to save every single patient we treated and now all of them are conscious and some are even discharged.
One case in particular stands out, as the man was very confused. He had come from the north of Galkayo, which is a difficult journey due to the division of the city. He had multiple injuries and needed surgical treatment. However, his condition made it difficult to get the necessary consent. Thankfully, we could eventually treat the man, thanks to support from the elders. He is now much better.
How did you get into surgery?
How do you feel about your job?
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