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Thousands displaced by recent Afghan clashes: ICRC

Thousands displaced by recent Afghan clashes: ICRC

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Oct 31, 2016 - 16:27

KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said security in Afghanistan remained precarious during the third quarter of 2016, and deteriorated in many areas, displacing thousands of families.

Recent violent clashes between government forces and the armed opposition forced thousands of families to flee their homes, with medical facilities struggling to cope with the influx of wounded civilians and fighters, ICRC Spokesman Ahmad Ramin Ayaz said.

He said the ICRC provided emergency aid for more than 26,600 people displaced by conflict in different provinces like, Kunduz, Helmad, Uruzgan Takhar Badghis to help them to meet their basic needs.

The ICRC donated 150 sets of material for treating people with war wounds to Kunduz Regional Hospital, Taloqan Provincial Hospital and Pul-i-Khumri Regional hospital.

He said the ICRC provided clean water for over 49,900 people in rural areas in Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Herat, Kapisa and Kunduz provinces.

The committee delivered food and other essentials to 1,000 displaced families in Taloqan, Takhar province, in partnership with the Afghan Red Crescent Society and facilitated the transfer of fighters' and civilians' bodies to their families.

In its quarterly report, the ICRC said it facilitated the transfer of over 80 war-wounded people to medical facilities in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, including eight seriously wounded Afghan National Security Forces personnel, who were handed over to the ICRC by the armed opposition.

During July, August and September 2016, the ICRC, together with the Afghan Red Crescent, has helped displaced persons, supported communities deprived of safe water and health care and helped family members separated by conflict to keep in touch.

Limb-fitting and physical rehabilitation services

During the period, ICRC registered 2,354 new patients, of whom 325 were amputees and assisted a total of 33,927 patients in the seven ICRC physical rehabilitation centres and made 4,691 prostheses and orthoses and carried out 67,028 physiotherapy sessions.

The organization made micro-credit loans to 123 patients so they could start their own small businesses, facilitated vocational training of 186 patients, of whom 55 completed training between January and March 2016.

ICRC medics made 1,938 home visits through the home care programme, which is assisting 1,782 patients with spinal cord injuries and training their families to look after them.

Helping detainees and their families

 

 

Between July and September 2016, ICRC staff carried out 38 visits to 25 detention centres and prisons and visited and individually monitored nearly 450 detainees falling under the ICRC`s mandate.

Over 1,270 Red Cross messages were exchanged between detainees and their families, with support from the Afghan Red Crescent Society.

Families of detainees in the Prison and Detention Facility in Parwan were helped re-establish and maintain contact with relatives, through 2,044 phone calls and close to 280 family visits.

The ICRC organized seven family visits for detainees held in Pul-i-Charkhi Central Prison, received 128 queries from families about arrested or disappeared relatives and 50 people sought by their families, resolving 37 of these queries.

The committee facilitated the transfer of more than 245 bodies of fighters and civilians to their families, distributed soap and cleaning materials in places of detention throughout the country, benefitting over 20,000 detainees as well as prison staff.

Supporting health care

The ICRC transported 321 war-wounded patients to medical centres, organized first-aid training for 511 people who have direct contact with wounded people and provided 450 sets of first-aid and stabilization materials to first-aid workers and health staff in direct contact with weapon-wounded people.

It supported Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar and Sheberghan Hospital in Jawzjan, which admitted 17,780 patients to their surgical, medical, obstetrics and gynecology wards, operating on 5,709 patients and holding 101,430 outpatient consultations.

The committee donated drugs, disposables and medical equipment to 46 ARCS clinics, supported training and provided financial and managerial support, helping those clinics perform 212,927 outpatient consultations and administer 118,204 doses of vaccine and made 69 health visits to nine places of detention.

Technical support, financial support and medical supplies were made to the Ministry of Public Health's clinic for detainees in Kandahar and Herat Provincial Prisons, where 11,825 consultations took place.

The committee also supported the scabies and vector control campaigns in three places of detention, deployed a mobile surgical team to support the provincial hospitals in Ghazni, Farah and Maimana over a three-week period, running training sessions, donating anesthesia, surgical, nursing and medical supplies and participating directly in patient care through operations, nursing care and physiotherapy.

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