After the attack on a supply convoy on Monday, September 6, on the Djibo/Bourzanga road in the Sahel region, several wounded, mostly children, were evacuated to Ouagadougou for treatment. These injured, transported by the soldiers, are in intensive care.
“We have reorganized the teams. We have moved some equipment to make space for other beds and mattresses,” says Priscille Kaboré, the director of the Charles De Gaulle Pediatric Hospital. She also states that immediately after receiving a call informing her of the arrival of a helicopter with injured children from the explosion, the white plan in case of disaster was activated.
Steps taken to ensure better patient care
When the arrival of the injured was announced, all the health personnel were activated to provide free care to the injured. Approximately 20 children are received in the emergency room of the Charles De Gaulle Pediatric University Hospital. According to Dr. Francis Ouédraogo, head of the emergency surgical units, some children presented with head injuries.
“Among them, there were five head injuries that we redirected to other hospital facilities because we don’t have a neurosurgery department. The rest of the children came to the surgical emergency room. There were approximately thirteen children who needed to be taken care of as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we lost one child to resuscitation. One child is still in critical condition, but the prognosis is not vital,” said Dr. Francis Ouédraogo, head of the emergency surgical units at the Charles De Gaulle Pediatric University Hospital.
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The population solicited through blood donations
Albert Ouédraogo, the head of the government, visited the various hospitals to support the injured and ensure the conditions of their care. During this trip, he praised the dynamism and the promptness shown by the medical staff for the effective care of the injured. Finally, he urged the population to assist the victims through blood donations.
It should be recalled that the wounded of the landmine attack that occurred on Monday, are all interned in the four university hospitals of the capital Ouagadougou.