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Doctors Without Borders Plans to Leave Radfan

The local council of Radfan directorate, Dalea governorate, is working on convincing the French organization Médecins Sans Frontières, “Doctors Without Borders,” not to leave the directorate and is urging the medical staff who left the local hospital a few days ago due to the existing disputes in the area to return.

Miss Caroline, the delegation’s chairman in Yemen, said that the idea of leaving the directorate and withdrawal of the medical crew came as a result of many obstacles the team had faced, including the consistent gunfire near the hospital and having the MSF ambulance exposed to fire more than once by the combatants.

In addition, there were reportedly threats made to the medical crew, who are not able to adequately treat the people inside the hospital due to security issues.

The MSF expressed their desire to present medical support, but that the current conditions rendered their work impossible.

It also clarified that each person has the right to be cured and to receive medical help no matter which side the person belongs to, because MSF is not biased.

Mohammed Naser Ghaleb, services committee chairman of the local council, said, “we are ready to stand with MSF and help them to provide medical help to the society and to both disputed sides as a humanitarian gesture.”

Next Thursday was marked out for a meeting in order to address all the issues which are  considered to be threatening the MSF’s work as well as setting rules and resolutions which could guarantee the crew’s safety to enable it to working again in the Radfan hospital.

Saleh Saeed Barjeelah, a local council member, said “all Radfan directorates respect to MSF and its medical staff and they appreciate their efforts.  They also agree on having the crew work inside the hospital without having field treatment.”

He added that the MSF should not be enveloped in disputes taking place in the area, and that if gunfire takes place outside the hospital, or in the streets, it is due to external disputes and the MSF is not targeted.

Mahdy Saeed requested the MSF chairman rethink its decision to leave the governorate and convince its medical crew to return.

MSF has been working in Radfan public hospital since July 2010 and has provided medical help in many sections of the hospitals including the emergency room and has moved many emergency situations to Ibn khaldun hospital and al-Jomhoriyah educational hospital in Aden.

The local council of Radfan directorate, Dalea governorate, is working on convincingthe French organization Médecins Sans Frontières, “Doctors Without Borders,” not to leave the directorate and is urging the medical staff who left the local hospital a few days ago due to the existing disputes in the area to return.Miss Caroline, the delegation’s chairman in Yemen, said that the idea of leaving the directorate and withdrawal of the medical crew came as a result of many obstacles the team had faced, including the consistent gunfire near the hospital and having the MSF ambulance exposed to fire more than once by the combatants.

In addition, there were reportedly threats made to the medical crew, who are not able to adequately treat the people inside the hospital due to security issues.The MSF expressed their desire to present medical support, but that the current conditions rendered their work impossible.

It also clarified that each person has the right to be cured and to receive medical help no matter which side the person belongs to, because MSF is not biased.Mohammed Naser Ghaleb, services committee chairman of the local council, said, “we are ready to stand with MSF and help them to provide medical help to the society and to both disputed sides as a humanitarian gesture.”

Next Thursday was marked out for a meeting in order to address all the issues which are  considered to be threatening the MSF’s work as well as setting rules and resolutions which could guarantee the crew’s safety to enable it to working again in the Radfan hospital.

Saleh Saeed Barjeelah, a local council member, said “all Radfan directorates respect to MSF and its medical staff and they appreciate their efforts.  They also agree on having the crew work inside the hospital without having field treatment.”He added that the MSF should not be enveloped in disputes taking place in the area, and that if gunfire takes place outside the hospital, or in the streets, it is due to external disputes and the MSF is not targeted.

Mahdy Saeed requested the MSF chairman rethink its decision to leave the governorate and convince its medical crew to return.

MSF has been working in Radfan public hospital since July 2010 and has provided medical help in many sections of the hospitals including the emergency room and has moved many emergency situations to Ibn khaldun hospital and al-Jomhoriyah educational hospital in Aden.