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Nigeria: helping surgeons to save lives

25-09-2012 News Release 12/191

Abuja (ICRC) – More than 40 surgeons from hospitals all over Nigeria have gathered today in Abuja to attend a seminar organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on surgical techniques for treating people injured in acts of violence.

Most of the participants come from the violence-affected north of the country.

"This is the second seminar we have organized in Nigeria this year to enhance surgeons' skills in treating casualties of armed violence," said Zoran Jovanovic, head of the ICRC delegation in the country. "Our aim is to help Nigerian surgeons to be better prepared to cope with sudden influxes of people wounded as a result of violence. To achieve this aim, we will also make available our specialist surgical team to provide further on-site training for their Nigerian colleagues in four hospitals in Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna states before the end of the year."

The seminar, organized at the request of the Nigerian federal ministry of health, will provide participants with an opportunity not only to share experiences involving casualties but also to expand their knowledge of appropriate surgical techniques, anaesthesia and patient care in difficult environments. Two ICRC surgeons with extensive experience operating on weapon-wounded patients and two of their Nigerian colleagues who have increasingly been treating victims of violence over the past two years will lead the three-day seminar.

The ICRC has been working in Nigeria since 1988. Since 2011, it has stepped up its activities in the violence-affected northern states and in the Niger Delta in the south of the country. The organization has been providing intravenous fluids, wound-dressing materials and other medical supplies for health-care facilities in the areas most affected by violence.

For further information, please contact:
Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, tel: +234 9 461 96 13 or +234 703 595 41 68