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Sudan: High number of war-wounded

11-05-2000 News Release 00/17

Renewed fighting in various parts of southern Sudan has meant a heavy influx of wounded people at the ICRC's surgical hospital in Lokichokio, northern Kenya. By 2 May the hospital, whose normal capacity is 560, had 646 patients.

" This is the largest number of people we have ever had to care for in Lokichokio " , said Pierre Gratzl, the organization's health and relief coordinator for Sudan. The hospital's two surgical teams were performing some 20 operations a day, he said, and they had carried out a total of 381 in April alone, a period in which 312 new patients were admitted. This compares with an average of less than 240.


In addition to the services provided by the Lokichokio hospital, the ICRC has recently set up a mobile surgical team. A surgeon, anaesthetist and surgical nurse are assisting hospitals in southern Sudan on both sides by training staff in war surgery. The team has so far worked in Wau, Billing and Marial Low, and further destinations are planned. Two other ICRC surgical teams are also continuing their work at Juba Teaching Hospital.