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WHO rushes medical aid to victims of fresh clashes in Tripoli

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Kigali, Rwanda, April 11 (Infosplusgabon) -  As clashes around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, continue and the number of wounded rose to hundreds, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has  reacted swiftly to provide field hospitals and ambulances with critically-needed life saving supplies, the UN agency said in a statement on Thursday.



Reports indicate that heavy shelling and gunfire around Tripoli over the past six days wounded 266 people and killed 56, including an ambulance driver and two medical doctors.


WHO said that thousands of people have fled their homes, while others are trapped in conflict areas. Hospitals inside and outside the city are receiving daily casualties.


In addition to pre-positioning medical supplies to support the city’s hospitals, the UN agency has also sent an emergency medical team with trauma supplies to Tarhouna Hospital, near Tripoli, and is also working with partners to support the medical needs of the displaced and migrants.


Reacting to these humanitarian interventions,  Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative in Libya said: "We have sent emergency medical teams to help frontline hospitals cope with caseloads and to support surgical staff in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.


"We also plan to deploy additional emergency teams and supplies to support first line responders and have activated three sets of contingency stocks, which were pre-positioned in strategic sites before the fighting began," the statement quoted Dr Hussain as saying.


WHO noted that the work of ambulance and hospital teams is being hampered by continuous shelling and armed clashes, including around heavily populated residential areas.


In addition, emergency teams face fuel shortages and migrants, who have been moved from detention centres, may not be receiving the medical care they need, it said.


“We fear that prolonged conflict will lead to more casualties, drain the area’s limited supplies and further damage health infrastructure,” said Dr Hussain, calling on the international community to ensure adequate funding to support the current crisis in Libya.







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