Monaghan doctor teams up with award winning aid agency to help children in Chad

5 August 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Medic on the Move

A recently qualified medical doctor from Monaghan has joined an award-winning international organisation to take up a key post in carin

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for patients, many of whom are children, suffering from malnutrition and other ailments in the central African country of Chad.

Twenty-nine year old Dr Gabriel Fitzpatrick from Aughnamullen has just left Ireland to work with the Nobel Prize-winning aid agen

cy, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in its Doctors Without Borders project in Chad.

Having recently finished his Masters in Public Health at UCD, Gabriel will be take responsibility for the in-patient feeding centre in Bokoro, a town of about 15,000 people in Western Chad. Although this project has only opened in the last two months, the programme expects to be treating 1,500 children by the end of this year because the malnutrition

rates are so high in the surrounding areas.

“My role will mostly involve assessing children under the age of five to see if they need to be admitted to the centre,” Gabriel explained. “W

hen kids have malnutrition their defences are down and they may be at risk of malaria and TB.

“I’ll also be acting as a

GP for any other patients that turn up at the centre, including adults. The main health issue, though, is malnutrition.”

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