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Nepal: ICRC delivers medical supplies for war-wounded

12-07-2002 News Release 02/28

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide war-wounded people with medical aid, the ICRC delivered a kit containing surgical and medical supplies to the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu on 27 June and another one to the Koshi Zonal Hospital in Biratnagar (250 km east of Kathmandu) on 4 July. The supplies will allow each hospital to treat up to 100 war-wounded persons or at least stabilize their condition before they are transferred to another facility. The ICRC also gave a set of surgical instruments to the Bir Hospital.

" This is the eleventh time the ICRC has provided medical facilities in Nepal with such supplies " , said ICRC medical delegate Peter Tarabula. " So far, hospitals and other facilities in the Mid-Western, Far-Western and Eastern Development Regions as well as in Kathmandu have been provided with instruments and medicines " , he added. " We will continue to assess medical facilities across the country to identify those that might need help dealing with an influx of wounded. "

Hospitals and other medical facilities are selected for aid on the basis of their proximity to those in need and the number of patients they are likely to receive as a result of the fighting.  Since hostilities resumed in November 2001, ICRC delegates have been dispatched all over Nepal to visit detainees, provide assistance to the victims and explain the principles of international humanitarian law.