With tension and violence continuing in South Sudan days after it began, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) emergency teams are increasing their response to affected regions by treating the injured, donating drugs and medical supplies to health facilities, and providing relief to those displaced by the violence.
According to a statement by the MSF, an MSF team is currently providing support to Bentiu's hospital, which received 42 wounded, with 19 requiring surgery, focusing on pre and post-operative care, in conjunction with ICRC.
Likewise, MSF's hospital in Nasir town in the Upper Nile state received 24 gun-shot wounded patients, of which 16 were admitted to hospital, 2 died and 8 were treated in the emergency room.
"We are deeply concerned for the safety of those caught up in the violence," says Mike White, MSF's Head of Mission. "After thirty years of working in South Sudan, we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to help those most in need."
MSF has set up two emergency teams comprised of medics, logistics staff and water treatment specialists in the country's capital, Juba, to provide medical care for the more than 20,000 people displaced by the recent fighting.
"Yesterday (Sunday, December 22nd) while setting up the mobile clinic for the displaced in Juba, there was still a queue of people arriving carrying all their belongings, with their children in tow. With the ongoing conflict in the country, people are unsure of how the situation will evolve and are scared to return home," says Forbes Sharp, MSF's Emergency Coordinator. "The situation is evolving fast in South Sudan and we are reacting as best we can to the changing landscape of the violence."
Emergency teams are being deployed to reinforce MSF's existing activities and to respond to needs as they arise.