Ill equipped hospitals can’t cope with casualties from Sri Lankan crisis

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b366
  1. Ben Bland
  1. 1Singapore

    Sri Lanka is facing a humanitarian crisis, as casualties from the worsening conflict between the army and the separatist Tamil Tigers overwhelm the “understaffed and ill equipped medical facilities” in the northern Vanni region, the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.

    Hundreds of people have been killed and many wounded, while hospitals and ambulances have been hit by artillery attacks, and a number of aid workers have been injured, the Red Cross said.

    About 250 000 civilians have been trapped by the fighting in a 250 square kilometre area in the far north of the island nation, where the Sri Lankan army is trying to end the Tigers’ long running insurgency. …

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