HK medical workers head to Gaza City

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 January, 2009, 12:00am

Two Hong Kong medical workers have left for Gaza to provide urgent medical help for the war-ravaged enclave.

Dr Fan Ning, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Hong Kong , and an unnamed nurse left Hong Kong on Sunday for Jerusalem, where they then boarded a plane for Gaza City.

They join a team of 71 other MSF doctors from around the world.

'Local hospitals are overwhelmed by the flow of wounded patients, and sometimes two operations are performed simultaneously in the same operating theatre,' Dr Fan said.

Many hospitals in Gaza City have been badly damaged by Israeli bombs.

Dr Fan and the nurse were put 'on call' as soon as the violence started again, and received calls late last week asking them to leave immediately for Gaza.

Dr Fan said it would be his first time in a war zone and he admitted to being scared.

'To be frank, I'm a little worried. But as MSF frontline workers, we will collect information from different sources every day to facilitate our work,' he said.