Pakistan: MSF teams treat wounded from Lower Dir blast

Following a bomb blast on 15 September at a funeral in the Jandol area of Lower Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, dozens of severely injured people have been treated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams and existing medical staff in the Timergara District Hospital emergency room.

Seven people died before arriving to the hospital. Medical teams carried out emergency surgery and stabilized many patients. Eight people with head injuries and open fractures have been referred to Peshawar for further treatment.

“Most of the patients are severely injured, with open fractures and limb, chest, and abdominal injuries,” said Dr. ZAHEER, assistant medical officer for MSF in Timergara. “As of late this afternoon, seven patients underwent emergency surgery.”

Since 2009, MSF has been supporting the casualty departments at Timergara District Hospital, including the resuscitation room, observation area, and emergency operating theatre. MSF has also worked with hospital staff on mass casualty preparedness.

More than 1,300 patients are treated each week at the hospital’s emergency room, both by Ministry of Health and MSF medical teams. Approximately 100 surgeries are conducted each month in the MSF emergency operating theatre.

MSF also supports the delivery room in the mother-and-child healthcare ward, as well as the hospital’s blood bank, laboratory service, and sterilization and waste management systems.