First evaluation of medical facilities in Benghazi
February 27, 2011
The first MSF team reached Benghazi Friday evening. Three medical facilities were visited: Al Jalaa hospital, Al Hawari hospital and Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC). Each of them is well equipped and managed to deal with the wounded and medical needs. However, they are facing some shortages of medical material and drugs (consumables, dressing, sutures, anaesthesia drugs, external fixators).
MSF will provide the needed materials to the Benghazi Medical Centre. They will also train the local teams in the management of mass casualties to be prepared in case of new clashes.
An orthopedic surgeon, an anesthesiologist and a operation theatre nurse will join the team on Monday to assess the surgical needs of wounded patients in Jalaa Hospital. The evaluation of MSF's medical doctors showed that many patients hospitalized in this 400-bed trauma center would require second line surgery.
Today, the MSF team is assessing two additional health facilities in Benghazi and is making contacts in order to continue medical assessments further West in the country.
The MSF team is now made-up of eight people: two coordinators, three medical doctors, two logisticians and an administrator.
Two trucks loaded with drugs and medical supplies, including surgical materials, have arrived in Benghazi. 12 additional tons of materials are ready to be sent to Libya through Egypt or Malta.