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Belgian Red Cross teams treat wounded in wake of Brussels attacks

Published: 22 March 2016 18:46 CET

By Nichola Jones, IFRC

Dozens of people injured in today’s attacks in Brussels have been treated by Belgian Red Cross medics working across the capital.

More than 100 Belgian Red Cross doctors, nurses and paramedics and 30 ambulances are at the scene of attacks in Brussels today following suspected bombings at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital.

A spokesperson for the Belgian Red Cross said: “Our teams are across the different sites providing first aid, emergency medical treatment and emotional and psychological support to victims and their loved ones.

“More than 100 people were treated by our teams at a first aid post close to the metro station this morning.

“We have also transported more than 100 wounded people to 16 different hospitals.”

The entire ground floor of the Thon EU Residence Hotel in Brussels has been turned into a Red Cross medical post.

Teams are also working at two reception centres in the city at Residence Palace and the Novotel hotel, close to the airport, where psychological support experts on hand to help people suffering from shock, trauma and grief. Beds, blankets and toiletries are also being provided by the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has also sent blood stocks to hospitals at St Pierre and Brugmann. Members of the public who would like to donate blood are encouraged to do so at facilities outside of Brussels. O negative and A negative blood types are the most needed, although the Red Cross says there is no major shortage so far.

The Netherlands Red Cross has also launched its ‘Safe and Well’ website in the aftermath of the attacks.  The online portal allows people to register themselves safe as well as to search for loved ones who may have been affected by an emergency. Go to http://ikbenveilig.rodekruis.nl/brussel to register or find out more.




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