MSF Hopes To Open New Trauma Center In Afghanistan's Kunduz In Late 2019 - Representative

MSF Hopes to Open New Trauma Center in Afghanistan's Kunduz in Late 2019 - Representative

International humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) hopes to open a new trauma center in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz at the end of this year, with the facility expected to have the same admittance capacity as its predecessor that was destroyed in the 2015 US airstrikes, Christopher Stokes, the MSF special representative in Afghanistan, told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th April, 2019) International humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) hopes to open a new trauma center in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz at the end of this year, with the facility expected to have the same admittance capacity as its predecessor that was destroyed in the 2015 US airstrikes, Christopher Stokes, the MSF special representative in Afghanistan, told Sputnik.

"We hope to open the Kunduz trauma center at the end of the year," Stokes said.

He added that in light of the 2015 bombings, MSF had been negotiating security guarantees for the new trauma center both with the Afghan conflicting sides and the United States.

"Since the destruction of the hospital, we have been negotiating with the authorities and with the US forces and with the Taliban to guarantee the security of our next hospital," Stokes said.

According to Stokes, the newly opened trauma center in Kunduz will fulfill the same functions as it did prior to its destruction.

"When we have the Kunduz trauma center open, we will be able to receive all the wounded from the conflict in that area as we did before," Stokes noted.

On October 3, 2015, US airstrikes destroyed the MSF 92-bed trauma hospital in Kunduz, killing 42 people and injuring 37 others. According to MSF, the hospital was the only facility treating major trauma injuries in northeastern Afghanistan. Following the attack, the US military said it had received reports that active Taliban militants were in the hospital building, while the MSF staff reported no armed fighters in the hospital prior to the airstrike.

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