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ICRC donates field hospital to health ministry in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

19-05-2006 News Release 06/48

Islamabad/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today formally handed over its 100-bed field hospital in Muzaffarabad to the Ministry of Health of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

This handover follows the successful completion by 67 Pakistani medical personnel of an intensive two-week training course organized by the ICRC, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Ministry of Health of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The aim of the course was to enable the participants to operate the field hospital on their own should another natural disaster hit the area or other emergencies occur.

The Finnish and Norwegian Red Cross societies provided the field hospital for the ICRC as part of the humanitarian response to urgent needs arising from the earthquake that struck Pakistan-administered Kashmir last October. The ICRC ran the hospital for five months, treating 848 inpatients and several hundred more outpatients.

Some 50 expatriate staff worked permanently in the Muzaffarabad field hospital from October 2005 to February 2006, when it was officially closed.

 For more information, please contact:  

 Layla Berlemont Shtewi, ICRC Islamabad, tel. +92 300 850 81 38 or +92 51 282 47 80  

 Rashad Akhundov, ICRC Muzaffarabad, tel. +92 300 852 87 04  

 Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26