CAR: MSF Receives 31 New Wounded at Bangui's General Hospital

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A patient recovers in Bangui General Hospital.

August 20, 2014


Renewed fighting has flared up following unrest in the PK5 neighborhood in Bangui, Central African Republic, where some 2,200 Muslims remain. Local militiamen have clashed with the international forces present in Bangui. 

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams based in the General Hospital have received 31 wounded in a single day and are working hard to deal with the high influx of injured patients. MSF teams have been stretched to their limit and referred some cases to the Hopital Communautaire.

“All the injured displayed gunshot wounds," says MSF deputy head of mission Claude Cafardy. "Ten critically wounded patients will receive surgery today."

Gunshots, artillery, and shelling continue to be heard in Bangui today. 

As a result of the violence, the MSF team in the PK5 health center has been forced to suspend medical activities and seek shelter in the safe room before being evacuated. MSF teams composed of 19 international and 240 Central African staff work in the emergency and surgical department of the hospital.

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