visit this http://demcsb.com/wp-includes/class-wp-embed.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Thousands of civilians, view including women and children, have fled their homes in search of safety, taking very little with them, following an escalation of fighting in South Sudan after former deputy President, Riek Machar’s loyalists attempted to overthrow the government of Gen Salva Kiir.
ICRC said it is providing the city’s two major hospitals with support so that they can cope with the heavy influx of patients.
“More than 300 people have been admitted to Juba Teaching Hospital and Juba Military Hospital over the past two days,” the humanitarian body said in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Wednesday morning.
“The ICRC and the South Sudan Red Cross have delivered to the hospitals enough wound-dressing materials and other urgently needed medical supplies to treat up to 500 people.”
Felicity Gapes, an ICRC delegate who is leading the medical response on the ground, said Tuesday evening: “We know there are more people who need care, but they are having difficulty reaching health-care facilities because of the security situation and the lack of available transportation.”
Gapes further said staff in both hospitals have been working around the clock, but are struggling because of the sheer volume of patients and the severity of the injuries.
“The ICRC is calling on the fighting parties to take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties and to allow people to safely reach health-care facilities. The organization is closely monitoring needs. Together with the South Sudan Red Cross, it will take further action as the security situation permits.”
Security forces continue to pursue the Machar while ten former and current ministers have been detained in connection with the coup.
President Kiir on Monday imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew in Juba until further notice.
The US has released a programme for the evacuation of its citizens from Juba, citing wide sread violence across the country.