Chemical weapons-based medical assistance course held in Lithuania

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Lithuanian government held an international course on medical assistance when dealing with chemical attacks, it announced Monday.

The training brought medical professionals and physicians from 17 countries in order to improve their treatment capacity in relation to chemical incidents or attacks. Over the four-day class they covered psychological care in an emergency, immediate and long-term health effects of exposure to toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents and the best course of treating victims of a chemical threat.

For the OPCW, medical response is a priority area for the organization's training plans and overall mission to improve global capacity.

The training course took place at the Military Medical Service of the Lithuanian Army in Kaunas with 22 participants were involved. Countries represented were Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania and Ukraine.

The OPCW is the main organization behind the Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical arms. It also stipulates that training courses be held in multiple areas relating to the prevention of and protection against chemical threats. Topics include analytical practices, detection and medical assistance training.

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