ICRC evacuates 22 patients as fighting continues in South Sudan

  • Paulino was injured by a gun shot in Tonga. To continue surgical treatment, he was evacuated to get treatment by the mobile surgical team in Old Fangak. “I don’t worry much. I’m happy because the ICRC will get me good treatment”, he says.
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  • Thuok Reath (18) is enjoying a meal at the Mobile Surgical Team hospital in Old Fangak. He lost his leg after a gunshot and was first in the hospital in Maiwut and later relocated to Old Fangak.
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  • “This woman is still in pain, but she is fine. That is good. It is only in her leg, but the rest of her body is fine. I take care of her, because we are from the same village”, says Kai Bany, who is a caring for her friend.
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  • “I was shot when I was going to fetch water in the river. The movement during the medical evacuation was fine, but it is still painful”, Nyabuath Midan (38) from the village Tochriek expains.
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  • "I don't have constant contact with patients. My role is more in the background, making sure the surgeons have what they need to operate and the nurses have the supplies to do the daily round of dressings, antibiotics and pain relief”, Louise Humphrey, an ICRC hospital administrator, explains. She was based in Maiwut, but is now relocated and working in Old Fangak.
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  • “It is quite hard for an injured patient to be moved from one place to another. Also, we don’t have all equipment for treatment here, as this is not a permanent hospital like the one we have in Maiwut”, Dmytro Kuchumov, an ICRC senior anesthesist, explains.
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  • Tafdor is resting in the shade outside. “I remember when we evacuated this patient. He had a gunshot in his left leg and we struggled to stabilize him for the evacuation. Finally, we were able to take him to Maiwut and I am happy to see that he is here in Old Fangak. He looks a lot better”, Nazzia Mirza, an ICRC surgeon said.
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  • The ICRC surgeons working in Old Fangak.
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  • Care takers of some of the patients taking a rest in the shade, outside the MST.
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14 July 2017

Intensified fighting near Maiwut forced the ICRC to evacuate all staff and patients from Maiwut town and hospital.

Due to heavy rain, the flight could not land in Maiwut and the staff and patients had to move by road to Pagak, a border town to Ethiopia. From there, the evacuation continued by air to Old Fangak.

Twenty-two patients in need of surgical follow up were evacuated to Old Fangak.

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