The Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) in Mullaithivu, the embattled district in the North of Sri Lanka has urgently appealed for medical assistance today Monday January 26th, as approximately 300 people have been killed in intense artillery barrage.
Dr.T.Varatharajah, the Physician in charge in Mullaithivu has appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka, ICRC, the UN, and the international community for medical supplies and medical teams to be sent to the District to assist the 9 physicians currently serving there.
Full text of letter by the RDHS is as follows:
26 January 2009
Human Catastrophe & Medical Emergency in the Vanni
Heavy fighting and continuous multi-barrel artillery shelling has resulted in more than 300 internally displaced persons being killed and over 1000 hundred injured in Suthanthirapuram, Udaiyaarkaddu, and Vallipuram in the Mullaitivu District.
We are making an URGENT APPEAL to the Government of Sri Lanka, ICRC, the UN, and the international community for medical supplies and medical teams to be sent to the District to assist our staff. We currently only have 9 MMBS Doctors.
The nature of the injuries and the number of the injuries is such that if these medical supplies do not arrive in the next 24 hours many of the injured will die.
1) Blood Bags
2) Blood Transfusion sets
3) IV Fluids
4) IV giving set
5) IV Cannulas of different size
IV – Benzyl pennicillin
V – Morphine
Oral – Paracetamol
Local anasthatics -lignocaine
-lignocaine with adrenaline
Urinary catheters, Bags
Intercostal drainage tube