23 years ago, EMERGENCY opened a First Aid Post in Afghanistan.
22 PATIENTS RECEIVED SO FAR.
MORE THAN 20 MASS CASUALTIES HANDLED BY EMERGENCY IN KABUL SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.
A total of 22 patients, including 20 women, have been received at EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul following the suicide attack that took place this morning, 30 September, inside an educational centre in the Hazara-majority Dasht-e-Barchi area. This is the 12th mass casualty attack in the last two months alone that has led to admissions to EMERGENCY’s Kabul Surgical Centre, and the 22nd this year.
“Following this morning’s attack, we received 22 patients at our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul, including women,” explains Dejan Panic, Acting Country Director for EMERGENCY in Afghanistan. “The victims are all between 18 and 25 years old, and most of them were in the classroom to take an exam. One person was already dead on arrival and another died after being admitted. In the last two months alone, we have handled 12 mass casualties in our hospital, where we had to activate extraordinary emergency procedures following explosions and attacks. And we continue to receive injuries from gunshots, shrapnel, stab wounds, mine explosions and IEDs on a daily basis. The security situation in the country remains complicated, particularly in the capital.”
One year on from the abandonment of Afghanistan by international forces and the establishment of the new government, EMERGENCY has admitted more than 16,000 patients in its hospitals in Kabul, Lashkar-Gah, and Anabah. This includes more than 3,000 admissions in Kabul alone, more than 90% of whom were suffering from conflict injuries.
EMERGENCY remains and will continue providing free, high-quality healthcare to the Afghan people.
EMERGENCY has been present in Afghanistan since 1999 with two Surgical Centres for War Victims in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, a Surgical & Paediatric Centre and a Maternity Centre in Anabah, Panjshir Valley, and a network of over 40 First Aid Posts and Healthcare Clinics.
EMERGENCY is a humanitarian organisation founded in 1994 to offer free, high-quality medical and surgical treatment to victims of war, landmines and poverty. Since then, EMERGENCY has treated over 12 million people: one every minute. EMERGENCY promotes a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights.