Ethnic clashes overwhelm DRC hospitals

DRC hospitalsFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – HEALTH centres are battling to cope with escalating inter-communal violence east of the Democratic of Congo.
Since last November, there has been a rise in clashes in the Tanganyika province where thousands have been displaced and the number of casualties rises.
At least 15 people have been killed.
In Manono, the situation deteriorated in December, and a large number of people were admitted to the general referral hospital for surgery.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said it had stepped up its support for the ill-equipped Manono hospital where people have been treated for severe injuries.
“The vast majority of patients arrive with cuts and stab wounds from machetes, arrows or axes,” said Gaudia Sironi, MSF coordinator.
Volunteers have provided training in managing influxes of casualties at Manono and Ankoro hospitals.
The hospital’s surgical departments have been overwhelmed with insufficient beds, equipment and staff to treat everyone.
“There have been people everywhere, lying on the floor waiting to be treated.”
Volunteers from MSF are providing doctors, including a surgeon, nurses, nursing assistants and health promoters, as well as hygienists and security guards.
They have erected tents as hospitals run out of space in the surgical department.
Equipment and drugs to treat the injured, including dressing kits, suture materials, antibiotics, painkillers have been donated.
Thousands of displaced people are now living in schools and churches.
MSF said overcrowding significantly increased the risk of contagious diseases.
The inter-communal skirmishes pit Luba villagers and Twa hunter-gatherers who have a decades-long history of tensions.
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