Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Military, Civilian Doctors Attend Seminars On Surgery Techniques

COTABATO CITY -- More than 30 civilian doctors from various hospitals in Central and Western Mindanao, and 40 military doctors assigned to conflict areas throughout the Philippines, have began seminars on war surgery techniques and the care of patients with war wounds, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

The surgical seminars will enhance the doctors capability to respond quickly to emergencies.

"Filipino doctors will be able to respond more effectively to the needs of the victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence, particularly in Mindanao," said Dr Sarji C. Muldong, ICRC Medical Field Officer and coordinator of the events.

The seminars will take place at two venues -- Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines from today until Friday and in Quezon City on October 2 and 3.

The ICRC has acquired extensive experience from working with trauma specialists and surgeons in war situations around the world, and these seminars will be an opportunity to share this experience with Philippine specialists who suddenly find them selves having to deal with people injured as a result of armed violence.

Filipino specialists will lecture on the role of nurses in treating the war wounded and on the management of specific war wounds in the local setting.

All over the world, the ICRC provides medical services to victims of armed conflict when medical systems are disrupted. This may involve providing medicines, equipment or staff, or setting up temporary parallel facilities. The organization also supports the evacuation and treatment of casualties and trains local personnel.

Since opening its delegation in the Philippines in 1982, the ICRC has been helping people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence in the country. The ICRC cooperates with the authorities, other humanitarian organizations and the Philippine National Red Cross.

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