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Democratic Republic of the Congo: War surgery seminar continues

02-11-2000 News Release 00/42

The practical section of the seminar on war surgery that was held in Kinshasa at the end of September began on 23 October. During this new part, which is taking place at the military hospital in Kokolo camp in the capital, doctors and nurses of the Congolese armed forces are trained in the operating theatre by the ICRC doctor. The latter has already operated on two wounded patients with the assistance of a team comprising a dozen military medical personnel. Other patients will be treated in the coming days under the ICRC's technical supervision.

For almost four years the ICRC has been providing the Ministries of Defence and of Public Health in this conflict-torn country with support in order to improve treatment for the war- wounded. The aid includes training for military stretcher-bearers given by members of the National Red Cross Society specialized in emergency assistance, and training given by the ICRC for civilian and military medical personnel who operate on the wounded. Assistance is also provided for all health facilities involved in the evacuation of the wounded, and amputees receive physical rehabilitation at the ICRC-supported prosthetic/orthotic centre in Kinshasa.