Above right: our volunteers help 7-year old Amir* clean his injury. Left: Two children play in a pile of rubbish in Camp Moria, 2020.
In the Kitrinos clinics, we have a range of responsibilities: referring those suspected of COVID-19 for testing, emergency care, and management of chronic illnesses for all Moria residents, who still have no access to the local hospital during the ongoing lockdown. We also provide acute care for the children when the paediatric clinic is closed. This is all made possible thanks to our amazing volunteers, interpreters and the equipment and medications that have been kindly donated to us.
In the beginning of August, a 7-year-old boy with a bloodied arm found our clinic with the help of some of his peers. His mother arrived shortly after, unaware of the accident which had occurred while her son was playing with friends. She was understandably upset that he had been playing in such an unsafe area of the camp without telling her. One of our doctors stitched up the wound and offered a vaccine injection to prevent tetanus.
This is not the first time we’ve treated young kids who have stepped or fallen on sharp objects while playing - another stark reminder that this camp is not a place for children.
*name changed to protect identity