We’re lacking in equipment. Some patients can no longer be treated. We also haven’t got enough surgeons who specialise in thoracic surgery to treat those who have been shot in the chest. We also need more cardiopulmonary monitors to support the patients’ breathing, as well as external fixators to treat open fractures. But the absolute priority is to have ambulances to transport patients to larger medical centres, notably in Rwanda.
Due to the electricity cuts, we have had to use generators, and have given priority to patients who need the help of machines to survive.
Most of the patients were shot in the head or legs. We have had three deaths so far.
“If we need to evacuate a patient to another hospital, they are more likely to die than to survive”
The hospital is neutral ground. We welcome everyone, regardless of their political views or nationality. We haven’t yet spoken to the M23 rebels about how to safely evacuate the severely wounded to bigger hospitals. As it currently stands, if we need to evacuate a patient to another hospital, they are more likely to die than to survive. Ideally, we would need a safety corridor.