MSF hands over medical activities in Dargai hospital

November 17, 2012

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MSF hands over medical activities in Dargai hospital © P.K. Lee/MSF

Five years after starting work in Dargai’s Tehsil headquarter hospital, the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has handed over activities to local Pakistani health authorities.

Since December 2007, MSF medical teams, in collaboration with Ministry of Health staff, have provided free-of-charge medical care in Dargai, including emergency treatment, surgery, inpatient care and maternity services.

“As an emergency organisation, MSF does not aim to replace the long-term role of local health authorities in providing medical care,” says Dr Akhlaq, MSF's medical coordinator in Dargai. “MSF will channel its resources to other areas in Pakistan while continuing to monitor the situation in Dargai, and remains ready to respond in case there are increasing needs.”

Between 2007 and 2012, MSF’s medical activities reached a total of 281,196 patients. Some 149,361 patients received treatment in the emergency department, 10,323 of them in the resuscitation room. A total of 4,678 surgeries were performed. In the maternity department, there were 9,123 deliveries, 1,731 of which were complicated deliveries. MSF teams performed 661 caesarean sections.

MSF also helped strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health through staff training sessions, support on drawing up a mass casualty response plan, as well as improving standards in the emergency room, operation theatre and maternity department.

To minimise interruptions to patient care, the handover has been gradual. At the beginning of 2012, MSF began relocating medical services to a new hospital building on Malakand Road. Over recent months, MSF has worked with a handover committee made up of Department of Health staff and community representatives.

MSF has donated medical equipment and supplies to the newly completed hospital, along with three months’ worth of medicine.

MSF has been working in Pakistan since 1986, with Pakistani communities and Afghan refugees affected by armed conflict, natural disasters or who lack access to medical care. MSF teams are currently providing free emergency medical care in Kurram Agency (FATA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces.

MSF relies solely on private financial contributions from individuals around the world for its work in Pakistan, and does not accept funding from any government, donor agency or military or politically-affiliated group. 

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