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CAR: Wounded continue pouring into Bangui hospital

12-01-2014 Operational Update

Over the past two days, some 60 wounded people have been admitted to the Community Hospital in the Central African capital Bangui. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supports the facility with medical supplies and surgical personnel. It is working closely with the Central African Red Cross Society to meet the most urgent needs of people affected by the conflict.

Though tensions in Bangui have diminished somewhat, the fighting goes on. On Saturday, for example, there were several clashes between armed groups, and pillaging continued. "Civilians must not be targeted," said Georgios Georgantas, head of the ICRC delegation in Bangui. "This means the general civilian population, of course, but specifically includes medical personnel and the facilities in which they work. It also includes humanitarian workers and their vehicles when they go out to rescue wounded people and gather the dead."

Since Friday, about 60 wound-victims have been brought to the Community Hospital, Bangui's main medical facility. There surgical teams from the ICRC and Médecins sans frontières have been working continuously in recent days. "A four-person ICRC surgical team has been hard at work here since 4 January," explained Bonaventure Bazirutwabo, the ICRC's medical coordinator there. "Our main challenge is dealing with a major influx into a hospital, many – though not all – of whose staff have fled." This is the first ICRC surgical team to have worked in Bangui.

ICRC staff have been travelling the streets of the city and, for their part since Friday, have brought six wounded people and nine seriously ill people to the Community Hospital and other medical facilities. Meanwhile, Central African Red Cross volunteers have, in the same period, collected 10 bodies and administered first aid to many injured people.

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