Following a school shooting in Kumba, South-West Cameroon happened on 24 October, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launched a mass casualty plan, responding with our ambulance service and surgical care in the Presbyterian General Hospital (PGH), Kumba.
We received a total of ten patients between the ages of 10 and 15. Of these patients, five were referred to other hospitals for specialist treatment through our ambulance service; four continue to receive treatment in PGH; and tragically, one patient was pronounced dead on arrival.
“As a medical humanitarian organisation we lament the tragic loss of life in the Kumba community. This attack, which saw children gunned down while attending school, was a reprehensible and indecent act. Civilian structures including schools and hospitals must not be targets. ” Said Alberto Jodra Marcos, MSF Emergency Coordinator in South-West Cameroon.