Reference : V-P-SS-E-00991
Date : 08/08/2017
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Wau, teaching hospital. A patient, with a gunshot injury in his leg, is being operated by an ICRC mobile surgical team.
Photographer : MORTVEDT, Mari Aftret
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : In response to the continuing clashes in and around Wau, the ICRC sent a five-person mobile surgical team to help with the medical needs at the Wau Teaching Hospital. The aim is to treat weapon wounded and surgical emergencies and at the same time build capacity for local staff and students. The ICRC has also implemented several measures to increase the passive security in and around the hospital, including a strict no-weapons policy and the presence of unarmed civilian guards.
Wau Teaching Hospital is one of only two functioning teaching hospitals in South Sudan and is the referral center for a large number of primary health care centers in the region.
"Before the ICRC started working with this hospital, weapon wounded patients sometimes had to be evacuated to Juba. The travel could delay the treatment which could have a bad effect on the patients," said Barbara Turnbull, hospital manager for the ICRC in Wau.
In addition to medical staff, the ICRC has renovated the operating theatre and improved access to water. "We are also planning to renovate the wards with electricity and running water. One of the key priorities for a hospital is to keep it clean, so this work is very important," Turnbull explains.
The ICRC is working to support of healthcare facilities in South Sudan to assist the wounded and sick people in opposition held areas as well.
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