ICRC trains surgeons in restive Myanmar

Dec. 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM   |   0 comments

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said its representatives were in Myanmar training surgeons how to deal with war wounds in Kachin state.

The ICRC said it coordinated a workshop for healthcare workers with Myanmar's Ministry of Health. The aid group said surgeons from across the restive northern state of Kachin took part in the war-surgery workshop scheduled through Thursday.

"We hope that the workshop will allow the region's medical personnel to enhance their specialist knowledge," Claudia Matter, head of the ICRC's office in Mandalay," said in a statement Tuesday.

The ICRC said two of its surgeons were running the workshop to help train Myanmar doctors in how to treat ballistics and mine injuries.

Last month, the European Union said it was alarmed by ongoing fighting between the separatist rebels in the northern Myanmar state of Kachin and the nation's military. Clashes with armed groups in Myanmar are undermining political reforms made since 2010 elections.

The European Commission in November allocated $4 million in humanitarian assistance to Myanmar to help address the needs of those affected by lingering conflict.

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