Doctors volunteer to save Chad’s Boko Haram victims
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – SURVIVORS of the deadly suicide bomb attack the Boko Haram carried out on an island in Lake Chad have received a boost after medical doctors volunteered to assist the Chad Ministry of Health.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams present in the area immediately mobilised to provide support.
The triple suicide attack that took place in Koulfa on Saturday morning killed 30 people and wounded up to 200.
The attacks occured on Saturday in busy market areas.
Wounded people had to be evacuated by boat as there was no easy access to the remote and isolated island.
They were first taken to Guitté, a town on the shores of Lake Chad.
Some 42 patients were transferred to the district hospital of Mani, a town on the border with Cameroon.
The most severely wounded who required advanced surgical care – 36 in total, including 14 children – were transferred by ambulance to the capital, N’djamena.
“This is one of the biggest attacks we have seen in the area in recent months,” says Federica Alberti, MSF’s head of mission in Chad.
“In Mani, the hospital did not have enough space or medications and equipment to deal with the number of wounded. An MSF team composed of a surgeon, a doctor and a nurse and two logisticians arrived Sunday
afternoon to support the Ministry of Health in the response and teams are now working around the clock to provide lifesaving care.”
MSF installed three tents with a total of 30 beds to expand the capacity of Mani Hospital.
Officials said on Sunday afternoon, the team assisted the hospital staff in providing surgical care for 37 wounded patients and ensuring electricity and running water were available to support the medical activities.
In N’djamena MSF is supporting the General Hospital and Liberty Hospital. Teams are also supporting the Mother and Child Hospital where eleven children are currently in a serious condition.
In all three hospitals, MSF teams have donated essential medications and surgical supplies to assist the Ministry of Health in the response.
The attacks by the Nigerian militant sect have been widely-condemned.
– CAJ News
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