December 11, 2009
Sri Lanka 2009 © MSF
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is still providing surgical and medical health care to the displaced people in Vavuniya district, northern Sri Lanka. Some war-wounded need specific medical care, like orthopedic surgery, and around 95,000 people remain in Manik Farm camp. Additional medical capacities could be needed in the areas of return, as a result of the resettlement process.
Medical needs gradually shifting from Vavuniya District to resettlement areas
MSF has been discussing with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health the medical support MSF could provide in the areas of return. In Jaffna peninsula, where tens of thousands of displaced people have recently arrived from the Vavuniya camps, MSF has been working with the ministry of health at Point Pedro hospital for years. In the Vanni, MSF has previous experience working in Mannar, Mullaitivu, and Killinochi districts.
Surgical activity for war-wounded is not over
Orthopedic and rehabilitation care remain a main medical priority identified by both the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka and the MSF teams in the General Hospital of Vavuniya and in the MSF hospital. Over 50 spinal cord-injured patients are treated in Pampaimadhu Ayurvedic Hospital and rehabilitation care started one month ago.
Consultations and mental health care in Vavuniya
In total, over 1,350 surgical procedures have been performed between June and end of November in the MSF hospital.
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