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ICRC NEWS N° 24/15 June 1994

ICRC HOSPITALS OVERWHELMED

The ICRC hospitals in Rwanda are overwhelmed. In Kigali and Nyanza ICRC medical and surgical teams are treating hundreds of people, most of them seriously wounded. The main problem facing the two hospitals is obtaining supplies of medicines, food and drinking water.

Over 800 operations in Kigali hospital

Since the beginning of the crisis 712 people have been admitted to the hospital in Kigali, most of them suffering from bullet or shrapnel wounds. The surgical team has performed over 800 operations since mid-April, and hundreds of other casualties have received outpatient treatment. A nearby house has been converted for use by convalescing patients, even though the security conditions are extremely precarious. The hospital has been hit by shells several times. But there is new life too in Kigali: recently there have been eight births at the hospital.

Medical supplies reach Nyanza

The ICRC hospital in Kabgayi was transferred to Nyanza last week. At present 270 wounded are being treated there, in extremely difficult conditions. The main problem, lack of water, has just been solved: an ICRC sanitary engineer has succeeded in tapping springs which provide some 5,000 litres per hour. On 10 June a truck carrying medicines and medical supplies arrived in Nyanza, just as the hospital’s stocks were running out. In the next few days an ICRC builder will be carrying out structural repairs to the premises. The ICRC is also providing medicines to dozens of health facilities elsewhere in Rwanda.