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 International
Medical
Corps
Responding
to
Mass
Casualty
Incident
in
South
Sudan;
 Patients
Evacuated
by
Boat
to
Nearest
Hospital
 


 Jaya
Vadlamudi
 Senior
Communications
Officer
 jvadlamudi@InternationalMedicalCorps.org
 +1
310.826.7800
 
 March
11,
2012
–
Los
Angeles,
Calif.–
International
Medical
Corps
is
responding
to
a
recent
outbreak
of
 inter‐communal
violence
in
South
Sudan.

Following
a
violent
cattle
raid
in
the
village
of
Romyereh
in
 Upper
Nile
State
on
March
9,
International
Medical
Corps
has
been
treating
mass
casualties
at
Akobo
 County
Hospital
in
Jonglei
State,
a
5‐hour
boat
ride
from
the
site
of
the
violence,
and
the
nearest
 accessible
medical
facility.
 
 To
date,
over
60
casualties
have
arrived
at
the
hospital.
The
caseload
includes
at
least
30
patients
with
 gunshot
wounds,
as
well
as
many
fractures
and
other
minor
wounds.
One
person
died
on
arrival.
 International
Medical
Corps
has
one
surgeon
and
one
nurse
on
site
who
are
managing
the
incident,
 along
with
over
150
hospital
support
staff.
Three
cases
have
been
referred
for
medical
evacuation
to
 higher‐level
care.
Four
boats
were
dispatched
from
Akobo
on
March
10,
for
Wandi,
Upper
Nile
State
‐
an
 area
close
to
Romyereh,
where
fighting
continues
but
is
inaccessible
by
road
‐
to
bring
additional
 casualties
back
to
the
hospital
for
treatment.
The
boats
returned
to
Akobo
early
on
March
11,
with
eight
 patients,
all
in
severe
condition
with
gunshot
wounds.
The
team
that
traveled
to
Wandi
confirmed
 seeing
bodies
of
people
killed
in
the
fighting.
The
local
community
members
informed
them
that
there
 were
as
many
as
100
more
dead
in
Romyereh,
though
this
information
has
not
been
confirmed
by
 International
Medical
Corps
or
the
United
Nations
Mission
in
the
Republic
of
South
Sudan
(UNMISS).
 International
Medical
Corps
is
assisting
local
authorities
by
dispatching
another
four
boats
on
March
11
 to
transport
any
remaining
patients
from
Wandi.
 
 Complicating
an
already
difficult
working
environment,
security
disturbances
in
Akobo
town
on
March
 10
forced
International
Medical
Corps
to
briefly
evacuate
re‐locatable
staff
to
the
nearest
UNMISS
base.
 The
International
Medical
Corps
team
remained
in
the
UNMISS
compound
for
approximately
four
hours,
 while
two
clinical
staff
returned
to
the
hospital
under
UN
escort
to
monitor
patients
and
to
prepare
for
 the
incoming
caseload.
All
International
Medical
Corps
staff
returned
to
the
hospital
that
night
and
 additional
patients
arrived
by
boat
soon
after.
International
Medical
Corps
is
assisting
the
Akobo
County
 Health
Department,
the
Akobo
County
Commissioner,
the
UN
Office
for
the
Coordination
of
 Humanitarian
Affairs,
and
other
local
NGO
partners
coordinating
emergency
medical
assistance
to
 victims
of
this
inter‐communal
violence.

Akobo
County
Hospital
has
a
76‐bed
capacity,
a
fully
 functioning
operating
room,
male
and
female
inpatient
wards,
x‐ray
and
ultrasound
capacity,
pharmacy
 and
a
working
laboratory.
Inter‐communal
fighting
in
Jonglei
State
has
been
ongoing
since
early
2011,
 with
only
a
small
pause
after
the
referendum
in
July
2011.

 
 To
date,
approximately
120,000
people
have
been
displaced
during
fighting,and
disruption
of
access
to
 basic
services
(health,
nutrition,
shelter,
water,
sanitation,
and
education)
in
affected
counties
has
made
 populations
even
more
vulnerable
in
this
remote
and
difficult‐to‐access
area.
International
Medical


Corps
is
supporting
21
health
facilities
in
Jonglei
state,
providing
primary
and
secondary
health
care,
 nutrition,
and
WASH
services
with
funding
from
the
USAID
Office
of
Foreign
Disaster
Assistance,
the
US
 State
Department
Bureau
for
Population,
Refugees,
and
Migration,
the
World
Food
Program,
the
Basic
 Services
Fund,
the
UN
High
Commission
for
Refugees
and
the
Jersey
Overseas
Aid
Commission.
 International
Medical
Corps
has
been
present
in
South
Sudan
since
1994,
and
currently
works
in
Jonglei,
 Upper
Nile,
Central
Equatoria
and
Western
Equatoria
State.
 
 Since
its
inception
nearly
30
years
ago,
International
Medical
Corps’
mission
has
been
consistent:
relieve
 the
suffering
of
those
impacted
by
war,
natural
disaster
and
disease,
by
delivering
vital
health
care
 services
that
focus
on
training.
This
approach
of
helping
people
help
themselves
is
critical
to
returning
 devastated
populations
to
self‐reliance.
For
more
information
visit:
www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org.
 
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