ICRC Reports Ethiopian Hospitals Strained by War

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in a report, said that the conflict in Northern Ethiopia, which has been going on for nearly a year and a half, has severely strained health facilities.  

According to the report, “attacks against health care personnel and facilities are a major humanitarian concern,” as healthcare providers face a high risk in delivering much-needed health care to patients. 

“It’s very painful. Sometimes you want to cry because you think why am I coming to this hospital if I’m not to give the proper care that I should give to my patients,” said Dr. Tesfaye of Ayder Hospital, Mekele.

The ICRC report also said that it supports referral hospitals and general hospitals to help them treat weapon wounded patients and maintain essential medical services, especially in the Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions, in Northern Ethiopia. 

“We support a range of health facilities, including maintaining the structures of hospitals, and health centers and supplying them with medicine and medical equipment that they urgently need. This support has covered 34 hospitals and more than 59 health centers so far,” ICRC Health Coordinator Dr. Sally Murshed said. 

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