MSF assists in treating victims of DRC fuel tanker disaster

MSF is supporting the hospital in Uvira, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after a fuel tanker crashed and exploded in the nearby village of Sange late last week.

The crash killed up to 242 people and left countless injured. Over the weekend 43 people with severe burns have been admitted to Uvira General Hospital. Three more people with severe burns have been transferred yesterday from Sange to Uvira.

MSF has sent two medical doctors and medical material to the hospital, who assist the Ministry of Health in treating the wounded. Two more doctors will arrive in the coming days. MSF also provided transport to the two referral hospitals in the provincial capital Bukavu.

The General Hospital in Bukavu received 12 patients with severe burns for further treatment, the Panzi Hospital received 20 patients. Coordination of the aid effort is through the provincial governor’s office.