Indonesia - ICRC seminar on emergency treatment for wounded patients
06-06-2002 News Release 02/23
From 27 to 31 May, the ICRC held a seminar in Banda Aceh on “Advanced first-aid and emergency techniques for wounded patients” for health personnel working in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province.
The seminar, which was led by ICRC head surgeon Chris Giannou, was opened by the provincial Minister of Health, the ICRC head of sub-delegation in Aceh and the chairman of the Aceh chapter of the IRCS. It drew on the ICRC's long experience of the treatment of war casualties to show how lives could be saved by improving emergency care for patients with wounds or other injuries requiring surgical treatment before they can be transferred to medical facilities. More than 50 doctors from district hospitals and health centres attended, along with IRCS doctors and medical staff from the police and armed forces.
The provincial Minister of Health said in an interview that he hoped cooperation with the ICRC would continue in the near future with a view to improving medical services in Aceh.