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Burundi: More than 60 people wounded in a series of grenade explosions

17 Feb 2016

Médecins Sans Frontières treated more than 60 people on Monday morning after a series of grenade explosions in several locations across the capital city of Bujumbura. This influx of wounded occurs just five days after two other grenades attacks, on Thursday 11 February, which resulted in 55 wounded people being treated at l’Arche, Médecins Sans Frontières’ trauma centre in Bujumbura.

Quick Summary

  • On 15/02/16 Médecins Sans Frontières treated more than 60 people after a series of grenade explosions in several locations across the capital city of Bujumbura.
  • The grenades exploded in several areas of the city, mainly in market areas and two deaths were reported.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières is one of the only international organizations treating wounded and trauma related medical emergencies in the capital.

 

“We received a lot of people, including women and children, suffering from trauma wounds including open fractures, head injuries, and cuts. It’s the second time in less than a week that we have had so many wounded patients arriving at our trauma centre”, explains Efstathios Kyrousis, Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission in Burundi. The grenades exploded in several areas of the city, mainly in market areas and two deaths were reported. 

" It’s the second time in less than a week that we have had so many wounded patients arriving at our trauma centre”

The Médecins Sans Frontières team launched a mass casualty plan to treat the influx of wounded, treating the most serious cases first. In just a few hours, seven surgeries were performed with eight more planned for the coming days. Among the 61 patients treated on Monday, 18 were women and 3 were children. Médecins Sans Frontières is one of the only international organizations treating wounded and trauma related medical emergencies in the capital. Médecins Sans Frontières’ trauma centre currently has a capacity of 43 beds and comprises of an emergency room, two operating rooms and an intensive care unit, but will soon be scaled up to an 86 bed capacity.

 

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