Keeping in view the lack of specialists to deal with war surgeries amid the current law and order situation, senior doctors in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have stressed on the need for special courses on handling emergencies.
The doctors were attending a two-day seminar on war surgery organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the K-P health department in Peshawar, on Tuesday. Over 45 doctors from across the country, including some from the military, attended the seminar.
Lady Reading Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre In Charge Dr Abdul Wahab said the hospital is well-equipped with modern equipment, but doctors dealing with emergencies were untrained.
ICRC War Surgeon Dr Nelson Olim told the The Express Tribune his organisation has 150 years of experience in war scenarios around the world.
“Everyone needs training on how to deal with an emergency and trauma in war-like situations,” said Olim. “We have spoken of different experiences here and I have come to learn many things from doctors in Pakistan, but we still need to continue sharing information.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th,2014.