Armed Forces and the International Committee of the Red Cross organize a workshop

In cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the General HQ of Armed Forces organized a workshop on the topic of surgery during war and weapon contamination.

His Excellency Major General Pilot Falah Muhammad Al-Qahtani, Assistant Undersecretary for Policy and Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Defense, and a number of employees of armed forces units, officials, and specialists from government agencies and bodies within the country, attended the workshop organized by the Medical Services Corps at Zayed Military Hospital

Brigadier General Aisha Sultan Al Dhaheri, the commander of the Medical Services Corps, stressed in her speech during the workshop that the United Arab Emirates is committed to international treaties and rules of engagement in armed conflicts, which guarantee the preservation of human dignity and the provision of medical care to all the wounded, regardless of their affiliation. She also pointed out the prominent role of military doctors, especially surgical teams, in saving lives in record time. She also stressed the importance of exchanging experiences between international and local organizations, and said that this workshop is the product of this cooperation.

For her part, Sophie Barbey, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the UAE, said that the committee is a neutral and independent organization whose humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence, and provide them with assistance. She pointed out that the committee seeks to prevent suffering by promoting humanitarian law and universal human principles.

The workshop - which concluded today and lasted three days - focused on providing surgeons and other health professionals, with their limited resources, with the necessary knowledge about surgical operations during the war. The workshop put a particular focus on the causes of wounds caused by weapons and how to treat them.

The workshop reviewed the characteristics of surgery during wars, wounds from fragments of projectiles, and the experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross in this field. The workshop included working papers on surgery during wars, through lectures and video clips, and the methods of the International Committee of the Red Cross treatment of war patients / wounded with limited resources.

The treatment of patients is based on more than 110,000 war-wounded patients who have been treated by ICRC surgical teams in the ICRC's independent hospitals over the years.

The workshop also devoted sessions on weapon contamination and international humanitarian law, to provide full coverage of health professionals' concerns, and a working paper on basic principles in treating war-wounded patients.

The workshop covered many topics, the most important of which are mine injuries: debridement and cleaning of wounds, amputations, international humanitarian law, the International Committee of the Red Cross, treatment of patients trapped with unexploded ordnance, abdominal injuries caused by war, and infections and antibiotics in surgical operations during wars .

Specifically for this event, sessions on weapon contamination and international humanitarian law were added to provide full coverage of health professionals' concerns, and the workshop concluded with a paper on basic treatment of head injuries by the ICRC surgeon.