May 2, 2011
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A 12-person Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team is working in the besieged Libyan town of Misrata, and more MSF staff are on the way. The team is setting up medical and surgical activities at Kasr Ahmed Hospital and providing support to Al Hikma Hospital.
In addition to making emergency medical, surgical, and pediatric care available in the coming days, MSF plans to increase bed capacity at Kasr Ahmed Hospital from 12 to approximately 50 beds, and to restore the operating room.
According to our teams on site, the Misrata hospitals have extremely limited capacity—approximately 100 beds—and resources for a population of around 300,000. MSF will increase access to emergency care for children and pregnant women by installing a second operating room and increasing the number of beds. Currently, MSF is the only international medical NGO in the city.
On April 27, bombs from the government armed forces damaged the hospital in Zintan, located south of the Libyan-Tunisian border. Following those attacks, the MSF teams evacuated 18 patients by ambulance, provided first aid, and stabilized them. Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi's troops had trapped the opposition's armed groups between the town of Dehiba and the Tunisian border.
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