ICRC plans trauma courses for docs

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 3, 2014-

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University are jointly organising a three emergency-room trauma courses for doctors beginning Thursday to enhance and complement the skills of doctors in managing emergency trauma cases.

Dhulikhel Hospital has been working with the ICRC since 2011 to gradually take charge of the course. “Our hospital aims to offer and develop such courses on its own ultimately,” said Rajendra Koju, associate dean of the Hospital. “This course is crucial to building and expanding a much-needed pool of doctors with expertise in trauma management.”

An ICRC specialist surgeon, Dr Enzo Chemello, will coordinate the course with support from three doctors from the hospital and one from Armed Police Force Hospital.

“Nepal needs to increase its capacity to deal with trauma cases, as it lies in a seismically active area and the number of casualties could be very high in the event of an earthquake.

On the other hand, during the last four years, trauma course has led to a trend of improvement in Nepal,” said Alfredo Mallet, deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal.

According to the ICRC, a total of 271 doctors and specialists from 99 hospitals of 73 districts in Nepal will have orientation on emergency and trauma cases by the end of this year.

The ICRC will be holding two more courses immediately with the aim of reaching more doctors working in government hospitals in Nepalgunj and Hetauda.

Published: 04-12-2014 08:50

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