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Yemen: MSF emergency surgical hospital in Mocha
Since August, MSF teams have been working in Mocha, Taiz governorate, Yemen, where they opened a surgical field hospital to provide emergency surgical care to war wounded from the Hodeidah and Taiz frontlines. The MSF field hospital in Mocha remains the only health facility performing emergency surgery in the area on the local population. Teams are also treating pregnant women with complicated deliveries that require urgent surgery. Patients often arrive late at MSF Mocha hospital and cannot access healthcare in a timely manner, sometimes with fatal consequences: pregnant women with complications arrive late, reducing the chance of survival for both mother and child; people with war-related injuries lose precious minutes before being treated, that can cost them their lives. Between August and December 2018, MSF’s teams in Mocha treated more than 2,000 patients in the emergency room and performed more than 1,000 surgeries.
Surgeon Bernard Leménager guides us around the MSF field hospital in Mocha set up during the battle for Hodeidah, a city a couple of hours drive from Mocha.