March 23, 2003
Baghdad, March 23, 2003 - Last night, the team from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) joined the staff at the 250-bed Al-Kindi General Hospital in northeast Baghdad in a support capacity. Al-Kindi is designated as one of the hospitals to treat emergency injured, and, up until now, the hospital has been able to cope with the needs.
The MSF surgeon, anesthesiologist, and emergency physician will continue in this support role during the coming days and nights in the event that more medical assistance is needed.
The MSF team donated some material from their current stock, including some surgical equipment like external fixation sets, which are used to stabilize fractures, and antibiotics and intravenous fluids. An emergency kit with materials to treat 150 injured, and dressings for treating burn victims, may also be provided if needed. MSF is working to send in more supplies from Amman, Jordan.
Currently, MSF has a 6-person international team in Baghdad, consisting of volunteers from Italy, France, Austria, Norway, Sudan, and Algeria. MSF teams are also monitoring the situation as it develops from several neighboring countries, including Jordan, Syria, and Iran.
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