MSF sends medical teams to help civilians wounded in Chechnya bomb blasts

The latest explosions in Znamenskoe and Gudermes region, resulting in a high number of casualties and wounded, show once again that the situaton in Chechnya is far from normal contrary to declarations made by the authorities.

Following the explosion in Znamenskoe on May 12, an MSF medical team provided assistance to the wounded as well as medicine and medical material. A dressing kit for 300 wounded, infusion sets and antibiotics were given to the hospitals which received 103 wounded in Znamenskoe and 46 wounded in Mozdok. Three other hospitals had already been provided with medical material the previous week.

After the explosion today, May 14, in Ilaskhan Yurt next to Gudermes, an MSF medical team composed of two surgeons is providing assistance to the injured as well as medical material and medicine to Gudermes Hospital. Dressing, infusions and medical kits for wounded have been donated.

Since the kidnapping of MSF head of Mission, Arjan Erkel, in Makhachkala, MSF has suspended all operations in Chechnya, except for emergency support. MSF continues to provide hospitals with vital medicine and medical equipment. 

The latest explosions in Znamenskoe and Gudermes region, resulting in a high number of casualties and wounded, show once again that the situaton in Chechnya is far from normal contrary to declarations made by the authorities.