SUDAN WATCH: Turkey sends field hospital in Darfur, western Sudan

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Turkey sends field hospital in Darfur, western Sudan

Turkey will open a field hospital in Darfur, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. Releasing a statement, the ministry said two executives of the Turkish Red Crescent had gone to Sudan on 30 March to determine the needs of the region. "Five C-130 cargo planes of the Turkish Air Forces will ship a fully-equipped field hospital to the region," the statement said.

The hospital has a 50-bed capacity and two operating rooms, the Turkish Anatolia news agency reported.

The statement recalled that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who had paid a visit to Sudan between 27-29 March and seen the tough living conditions of around 30,000 people in Otach refugee camp, ordered establishment of a field hospital in the region. Full report ST 13 April 2006.


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