Interview with Dr. Abdullahi Adan Mohamoud, MSF project – South Galcayo Hospital, Somalia
|We perform all types of surgery, however war wounded patients make-up roughly half of the patients we operate on.|
|Why is MSF’s surgical facility in South Galcayo Hospital so important?
The MSF surgical facility in Galcayo is very important because it is the only free surgical facility in a region affected by frequent violent clashes. It caters for many people, in towns and villages as far away as Dhusa Mareeb [around 240 kilometres away]. The people in this region are too poor to afford private surgery, which costs a fortune. Further, there are very few surgeons working in Somalia as a whole, the majority of which are concentrated in Mogadishu, which is far away from Galcayo [around 730km away].
What kind of surgeries do you perform?
How long has MSF been provided surgery in Galcayo?
Can you tell us about any recent incidents that illustrate your work?
The explosion took place after midnight and the hospital was flooded with wounded. Unfortunately there were two patients with very heavy injuries who died at the triage before even reaching the operational theatre.
People had all kinds of injuries, ranging from minor injuries to major abdominal and vascular injuries. The easier cases needed medical treatment and the major cases needed surgical intervention. We managed to save every single patient that we treated and now all of them are conscious and some are even discharged.
One case particularly stands out, as the man was very confused. He had come from the north of Galcayo, which is a difficult journey [due to a divide in the city]. He had multiple injuries and needed surgical treatment. However, his condition made it difficult to get the necessary consent. Thankfully we could eventually treat the man, thanks to support from the Elders. He is now much better.
How did you get into surgery?
How do you feel about your job?