Over the past two days, 34 wounded have been treated in Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) medical health posts in Nairobi's Mathare and Kibera slums. Among these patients, eight suffered from bullet wounds. Several wounded have been referred to hospitals. It is in Mathare slum that the MSF team has received the most wounded in recent days. Between Wed., Jan. 16 and this afternoon, two medical health posts in the slum received 32 patients who had been victims of street violence. Yesterday early in the evening, three people with bullet wounds received emergency care. When their conditions were stabilized, they were referred to a hospital by ambulance. Two other people with bullet wounds were in less serious condition and were treated on the spot. Later in the evening, the MSF team received a call concerning three wounded and two dead but could not go to them as movement at night was too dangerous. On today in Kibera, where MSF had reinforced two of its three clinics in order to respond to a potential arrival of wounded, two children were treated for bullet wounds. One of them was 13 years old and the other was younger than 13. Both had received a bullet in the leg. MSF is supporting the Masaba private hospital to treat nine wounded people who were brought in today. Four dead were reported in this hospital.
Patients suffered injuries from knives or sticks
The majority of patients, among them two women, suffered injuries from knives or sticks; some of the injuries were quite serious. Several patients needed to be transferred to a hospital. MSF's emergency care facilities remain open in the slums of Mathare and Kibera. In Mathare, two health posts were installed in the Blue House (the MSF clinic for treatment of people with HIV and TB) and in the facilities of the National Council of Churches of Kenya. The 15-person medical team (including five doctors) and eight first aid-workers are based there. Three ambulances are going through the slums and responding to calls to assist the injured. For the most seriously injured, a referral system has been set up with the public referral hospital and a private hospital. In Kibera, the Kibera South Health Centre and the clinic of Gatwekera, where MSF normally offers primary healthcare and treatment for HIV/AIDS, have been prepared for receiving injured people as well. MSF has organized an ambulance service for transporting seriously wounded people to Masaba hospital, where an MSF surgeon and anaesthesist are supporting the staff as of today. MSF is also bringing in surgical materials to the hospital.