Medecins Sans Frontieres closes hospital outside Sri Lankan government-run camps, begins surgical project in Mannar district

February 22, 2010

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Medecins Sans Frontieres closes hospital outside Sri Lankan government-run camps, begins surgical project in Mannar district

Around 100.000 of the 280,000 people remain in government-run camps following the end of the civil war in May. With the lower number of people in the camps and no medical emergencies, admissions to the MSF hospital situated outside the camps reduced significantly from October 2009. The final patient at the 160-bed MSF field hospital outside the Menik Farm camps was treated in late January.

Following the closure of the MSF facility, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health will refer patents requiring surgery, paediatric care and other health problem requiring hospitalization to local, upgraded health facilities.

Although MSF has stopped undertaking secondary medical care, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists and the Ministry of Health, MSF is actively engaging with the Ministry of Health to support mental health activities to internally displaced people.

Between May and January , the MSF hospital had a total of 4,232 inpatient admissions. MSF teams performed 1,617 surgical procedures and

13,537 outpatient consultations. Around 850 people were treated for war-related injuries. In addition, around 200 people were given repeated sessions of psychological care in the MSF hospital.

MSF has signed a new memorandum of understanding with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health and recently began supporting surgical needs in Mannar hospital. Mannar district – badly affected during the war – has seen around 15,000 people resettle from the Menik Farm camps. MSF has started performing general surgery, and following an assessment of needs, plans to begin performing orthopedic surgery.

In addition, MSF continues to support surgical, emergency and gynecology obstetric care for patients at the Ministry of Health hospital at Point Pedro in the Jaffna peninsula. Medical needs have increased in Jaffna district with the return about 70,000 internally displaced people.

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