Oman: ICRC trains surgeons and health professionals on war surgery

07 March 2019
Oman: ICRC trains surgeons and health professionals on war surgery

ICRC (Kuwait / Muscat) – The ICRC is running its annual war surgery course in Muscat, to train Omani surgeons and health professionals on the management of war wounded patients. The seminar, organized jointly by the ICRC and the Ministry of Health from 4 to 7 March, brought together over 80 Omani surgeons and health professionals representing various health care institutions from the Ministry of Health, Royal Oman Police, Armed Forces, Emergency Ambulance Services, and Civil Defense staff.

“We are discussing how to treat patients injured by bullets, bombs and mines,” said Dr. Marco Baldan, the ICRC’s regional surgeon, who himself worked in some of the toughest places in the Middle East and Africa. “We do this to prepare physicians and nurses who might be assigned to humanitarian missions abroad, in countries affected by armed conflict.”

The ICRC and the Ministry of Health have been organizing war surgery seminars together since 2017. “Cooperation between the ICRC and the Sultanate’s Ministry of Health has enhanced and strengthened  the capacities of medical professionals in the field of war surgery. The close working relationship between the ICRC and the MoH has yielded commendable results and long-lasting impact on humanitarian response;” said Samer Jarjouhi, the ICRC’s head of mission in Oman.

In war situations, medical and health personnel are often faced with daunting challenges. Hospitals are attacked, staff flee for safety, supplies are interrupted and patients arrive at the hospitals with complicated wounds. Dealing with mass casualties under such difficult circumstances is precisely one of the topics featured at the course.

“Because of the context challenges and the specificities of war trauma, the treatment of war wounded  patients requires a different approach and techniques from that practiced during peacetime,” said Dr. Baldan. “Saving lives depends on having skilled staff who will take the right decisions quickly, and medical facilities that are adequately equipped.”

During four days, the participants had the opportunity to discuss with two senior ICRC surgeons techniques for managing weapons injuries, with sessions on ballistics, orthopedics and prosthetics, vascular and abdominal injuries.

The ICRC has been present in Oman since 2015 and works closely with the Omani authorities on humanitarian relief for Yemen.


For further information, please contact:

Samer Jarjouhi, head of mission ICRC Oman, + 968 9719 7689