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#1 vigorous

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Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:26 PM

Posted: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 22:38 AEST


International aid agencies have warned that medical supplies in the Iraqi capital Baghdad were critically low and hospitals were stretched to the limit coping with wounded from heavy fighting inside the city.

"They have reached the limit of their capacity," said Nada Doumani, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Ms Doumani told a press briefing by aid agencies that Iraqi surgeons and medical staff were working round the clock and running low on medicines and surgical equipment including anaesthetics.

"When this conflict started we all said there were sufficient supplies in Baghdad for several weeks at least of normal medical operations," Iain Simpson, a spokesman for the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

"This is not a normal medical situation and so supplies are running very low, particularly emergency supplies," he said.

ICRC was delivering limited emergency stocks in the Iraqi capital, while the WHO said it was trying to gain access for a convoy of trucks from Jordan which was waiting with medical supplies for hospitals in Baghdad.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:40 PM

Baghdad's hospitals 'overwhelmed'

The fighting in Baghdad is taking an increasing toll on the Iraqi capital's hospitals, according to the Red Cross.
The director of the Red Cross team in the city, Roland Huguenin-Benjamin, said the start of ground operations by US troops in and around the city in recent days had led to a massive increase in doctors' workloads.

This contrasted with the situation during the aerial bombardment of the city in recent weeks, he said, when hospitals had mostly treated casualties with relatively light shrapnel injuries.

"Now when you have military engagement on the ground level, most people, at least the combatants, are hit much more seriously... it's all the more work for the doctors," Mr Huguenin-Benjamin told the BBC.

'Exhausted'

Just one of Baghdad's hospitals had carried out 60 serious operations in one day, he said. Doctors were exhausted and drug supplies, particularly anaesthetics, were running low.

One of the largest and most modern hospital complexes - the Medical City group of four hospitals - was now without power or water and just six of its 27 operating theatres were able to work, said Mr Benjamin.

The water station supplying the hospital had been hit, he said, and engineers were attempting to get it working again. In the meantime, the Red Cross is attempting to get water tankers to the hospital.

Mr Huguenin-Benjamin said he was also very concerned that another water pumping station in Baghdad had been put out of action, and that a large part of the city would soon be without water.

A doctor at al-Kindi hospital in the north-east of the city said he had had to treat "injuries to the head, to the chest, to the limbs".

The hospital only had enough medical supplies to last for another two days, he added.

A Red Cross spokeswoman in Geneva, Antonella Notari, said the organisation might need to bring extra supplies into Baghdad from warehouses in Iran, Kuwait, Jordan or Syria, depending on the length of the fighting, the number of new casualties and security guarantees.

The United Nations has described the situation in Baghdad's hospitals as "critical", while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a health emergency both in Baghdad and in the country as a whole.

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Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:46 PM

U.S. humanitarian assistance in Iraq has "increased in importance," General Brooks said. Needs resulting from "years of oppression, and some resulting from the ongoing combat actions," must be met, but the humanitarian emergencies are not on the scale of recent conflicts anywhere in the world, the general said.

Food and Water Begin Flowing into Iraq
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:53 PM

Porky: What are you saying here? That everything is hunky dory?

This is from the very article you posted:

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that hospitals in Baghdad and elsewhere were overwhelmed by the numbers of injured, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said a humanitarian clock is ticking with each passing day, and the World Food Programme (WFP) predicted it would have to move in massive amounts of food next month.

"We have all seen some very disturbing pictures of child victims of this conflict - children with burn injuries, a young boy lying in a hospital bed, both his arms blown off," WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib told reporters. "And away from the cameras, these scenes are being repeated every day."


Where is your sense of outrage?
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:00 PM

Right now, most of it's directed at you, who have spent months dinigrating Allied efforts to free these people, who have suffered much worse under Saddam than they suffer now.

My outrage is used up at your picking at every little thing the US does, totally ignoring it's successes and Saddam's crimes. You have defended this beast and you continue to do so.

I am ashamed that you ignore the millions of starving and sick people all over the world, to concentrate on a few who suffer in the midst of military action, so you can point your greasy finger once again at America.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:01 PM

'Baghdad hospitals face critical situation: aid agencies'

Where's Canada on this?

Sounds like something for Canadians.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:07 PM

This is what is known as a 'complex disaster" (i.e. as opposed to a "non-complex disaster").

A complex disaster is one that occurs in the middle of human conflict situations and cannot be addressed through normal disaster response channels except through special arrangements with the conflicting parties.

I don't think even Medecins Sans Frontiers is there yet.

Everybody feels for these people but w/o a go-ahead from the Pentagon, nothing can happen.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:12 PM

viggy, why doesn't canada load up some of it's c130s with medical supplies, doctors and head to Iraq?

Doing nothing is also an action.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:18 PM

UB: you make it sound so easy. Even the stomach-wounded Russian driver in the Russian ambassador's convoy hasn't been given medical evac to better facilities yet.

Meanwhile, we have this:

A spokesperson for the World Health Organization Melanie Zipperer says that an epidemic of cholera may hit Iraq. Since the Iraqis are in dire need of food and potable water, more food reliefs are coming from the United Nations, But the United Nations' humanitarian programs coordinator for Iraq David Wimhearst (?) says that the hospitals of Iraq cannot take in all the wounded. The wounded people of the south Iraqi city of Umm-Qasr cannot receive adequate medical treatment because of the shortage of medical drugs.
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dolphin's question about use of the airport is an excellent one. Something progressive has to happen here in the next couple of days.......or else............
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:20 PM

viggy, it is easy.

Canada could do it today.

Why doesn't canada. Aren't canadians capable?
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:22 PM

This Russian cargo is sitting in Iran, wasted, as there are no Iran-bound refiugees:

2003-03-21 16:08 * RUSSIA * PRESIDENT * EMERGENCIES-MIN * MEETING *

EMERGENCIES MINISTRY READY TO RENDER HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ REFUGEES
Moscow, March 21, 2003 (from a RIA Novosti correspondent) - Russian
President Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Emergencies Minister
Sergei Shoigu.
The president asked the minister about the progress of preparations for
Russia rendering humanitarian assistance to refugees in view of Iraq-related
developments.
The emergencies minister said today marks the first stage of aiding refugees
to arrive from Baghdad to Kirmanshah. The first plane will land in
Kirmanshah (Iran) tonight. The 5-km hospital area is situated on the Iranian
side near the Kirmanshah-Baghdad highway.
The first stage includes deploying a hospital for 5,000 people with full
provision. There the humanitarian cargo for the 2nd and 3rd stages will also
be placed. Besides, there are also prospects for creating camps on Turkish
territory.
During the second stage, two hospitals and a camp for 5,000 people will be
set up near the Kirmanshah-Baghdad highway. More than 100 Russian
specialists will be engaged in the effort.
Following the meeting, the minister told journalists the president had
adopted the decision on the first stage of the humanitarian operation back
on March 13th, and since then relevant consultations had been held with the
Iranian authorities. Now, consultations to the effect are beginning with the
Turkish leadership, he pointed out.
Sergei Shoigu did not rule it out that Russia would render humanitarian
assistance under the UN aegis on Iraqi territory as well.




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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:23 PM

The Japanese Red Cross Society
plans to send an emergency
relief team to Iran to help
Iraqi refugees.
The team, called the Emergency
Response Unit, consists of 13
doctors and nurses experienced
in international activities.

At Narita Airport on Thursday,
the team was preparing to send
out medical goods,
water-purifying devices,
generators and big tents.

The team members want to enter
Iran, where the biggest number
of refugees are expected to go.
They aim to set up a temporary
clinic at a refugee camp in
Iran to provide medical
services to the refugees.

The Japanese Red Cross Society
says it plans to send out the
medical team as soon as
refugees arrive in Iran.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:24 PM

If canada had any balls at all it would load up their C130s and fly straight to Iraq to relieve the situation.

canada is useless.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:25 PM

2003-03-26 15:51 * RUSSIA * IRAQ * CHILDREN * DOCTORS *

RUSSIAN DOCTORS READY TO LEAVE FOR IRAQ TO RENDER HELP TO CHILDREN

MOSCOW, March 26th, 2003 /from RIA Novosti correspondent Galina
Baryshnikova/ -- A brigade of Russian doctors is ready to leave for Iraq to
render medical help to the Iraqi children, who suffered in the military
action. This was disclosed by famous paediatrician, professor, Chairman of
the International Committee on Paediatric Disaster Medicine of the World
Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Leonid Roshal.

Roshal was the one to render help to hostages in the besieged Theatre Centre
in Dubrovka in Moscow in October 2002.

According to him, the Russian Red Cross and paediatricians sent to the
International Red Cross Committee a letter, in which they stated their
readiness to leave for Iraq in order to help the Iraqi children. "However,
we have not received an answer yet," Roshal noted.





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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:26 PM

If canada had any balls at all it would load up their C130s and fly straight to Iraq to relieve the situation.

canada is gutless.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:27 PM

don't be so ridiculous, UB. There are a gazillion aid-providers ready, willing, and able to help who are tens of thousands of miles closer to the victims than Canadians.

You're just trying to get the heat off your operation, which -so far- has shown nothing for the Baghdad wounded.

Get with the program. Allow aid through before the cholera strikes.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:28 PM

Canada should do something.

Inaction in the face of need is evil.
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:33 PM

get your shit together or you'll make a real mess of the situation you created:

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the U.S. Congress is growing increasingly uncomfortable with the role of the Pentagon in establishing the ground rules for postwar Iraq. In moves that span party lines, the Senate has reportedly barred the Pentagon from access to $2.5 billion of emergency reconstruction assistance requested by the White House last month, and the House has insisted the money be channeled through the State Department, the official manager of foreign assistance (DeYoung/Morgan, Washington Post, April 6).
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:34 PM

Can you imagine this? Legislators arguing while people die?
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Posted 08 April 2003 - 03:37 PM

Why isn't canada acting? It certainly has the means.

Would you stand by and watch people die or would you help?

Canada is standing by with its hands in its pockets watching innocent people die.

Inaction in the face of evil is evil. Canada is evil.
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