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Nepal: doctors hone trauma management skills

07-05-2012 Communiqué de presse 12/97

Kathmandu (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University are jointly organizing an emergency-room trauma course that will be given in Kavre from 6 to 8 May. Twenty surgeons and other medical personnel will attend.

The vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University, Dr Suresh Raj Sharma, inaugurated the course together with the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal, Jerome Fontana, at a ceremony in Dhulikhel Hospital on 5 May. "Strengthening the capacity of medical professionals to deal with trauma cases is crucial in Nepal – especially since the country is earthquake-prone and runs the risk of an overwhelming number of casualties in the event of such a disaster," said Mr Fontana in his address.

Since 2011, Dhulikhel Hospital and Kathmandu University have been working together with the ICRC to take over full responsibility for the course. "Dhulikhel Hospital aims to offer and develop such courses on its own," said Dr Rajendra Koju, the hospital's administrative director. "The emergency-room trauma course is crucial to building and expanding a much-needed pool of doctors with expertise in trauma management."

An ICRC specialist surgeon, Dr Enzo Chemello, supported by three doctors from Dhulikhel Hospital and one from the Armed Police Force Hospital, will lead the course, which aims to enhance and complement the skills of doctors and other medical personnel in managing emergency trauma cases. Some 80 medical professionals have taken the course since it was first given in 2010.

Since 2001, the ICRC has been providing training and support for medical personnel in Nepal treating people wounded in connection with the conflict and other violence.

For further information, please contact:
Anita Devkota, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4107285 or +977 98510 74295