AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
On June 30th, a team of relief personnel from AMDA Headquarters and AMDA Kazakhstan arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Upon their arrival, they held meetings with Kyrgyzstan’s health minister in determining further direction of its relief effort.
According to the minister, the situation in Bishkek has come back to relatively normal. For those who are in need of medical attention, they are receiving free treatments under the support of the government.
The health minister organized a tour for AMDA to visit local hospitals and medical facilities, namely the National Hospital of Kyrgyzstan and the National Surgical Center. Each facility held approximately 40-50 patients with injuries such as gunshot wounds, bone fractures and skull/spinal cord injuries. Patients in severe conditions are airlifted to Moscow by the government, and still now there are more people waiting to be transferred.
After hearing the requests and concerns from the patients, AMDA decided to donate medicine to those who cannot afford the ongoing medicaments after being discharged. At the same time, the minister asked AMDA to donate medical equipments to replace their outdated machines from Soviet era and help improve their medical infrastructure.
Through the network of AMDA Kazakhstan, the team was also introduced to Interbilim, a prominent humanitarian NGO active in Osh Province, where the conflict first broke out. The director of Interbilim said there are more needs in Osh and it helps AMDA to get the full picture of the situation before making a decision on its further activities.
Accordingly, AMDA team is planning to travel to Osh on the 3rd or 4th of July after paying a visit to Bishkek’s local hospital that has a special pediatric ward for traumatized children. On its entry and further course of action in Osh, both the health minister and Interbilim assured to provide full support to AMDA.