Libya: Over a 100 Surgeons to Hone Skills

More than 100 surgeons will enhance their skills treating gunshot- and blast-wounded patients in a seminar that will be held at the Abu Salim Hospital in Tripoli December 12 to 14. The training is being co-organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Libya’s Ministry of Health.

Aziz El Bakush, the director for international relations at the Ministry of Health said: "After having treated so many patients with weapon-related injuries, often with limited means, Libyan doctors appreciate this opportunity to interact with experienced trauma surgeons from the ICRC."

He went on to say that the knowledge and advice acquired at this seminar would be useful in treating all trauma patients, not just those who suffered injury in connection with the recent conflict.

ICRC chief surgeon Marco Baldan said: “This seminar is important for the doctors who, very recently, faced so many difficulties treating patients wounded by bullets or shrapnel, and who had to deal with a lack of drugs and a shortage of medical staff.

"The aim is to enhance their capacity to meet medical needs specifically resulting from armed violence, such as treating complex injuries and weapon wounds and controlling infections."

Earlier this year, the ICRC has already conducted similar workshops in Benghazi, Tripoli and the Nefusa Mountains. It has long-standing expertise in treating war-wounded patients.

(Source: Tripoli Post)
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