Ukraine hosts emergency medical assistance course

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that the second international course on emergency medical assistance was held in the Ukraine from May 20 to 24.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the CWC. It came into being in 1997 and currently has 188 member states. Its goal is to make a world free from chemical weapons.

Medical assistance for chemical related incidents is a growing issue in today's world. This course was one of many recent responses to the increasing concern over CBRN related weapons and incidents.

The course was organized by the OPCW and the government of Ukraine. It was held at the Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Centre of Emergency Medical and Disaster Medicine.

Medical specialists from Algeria, Armenia, Brazil, Dominica, Estonia, Hungary, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Romania and Senegal attended the course.

The course was designed to give participants the knowledge they need to treat victims of chemical incidents in both the field where the incident took place and at a healthcare facility. Some of what was discussed included types and characteristics of toxins, principles of protection, medical countermeasures and emergency medical assistance in a mass casualty event.