BIHAC, Bosnia — The Regional Bihac Hospital, which cares for an area with a population of more than 350,000 that has been surrounded by Serbian rebels for three years, has managed through the sacrificial dedication of its staff to continue its work. Yet even when aid convoys were able to pass through to this region, and along with the help of humanitarian organizations, the hospital was unable to do all that was expected of it under its mandate.
Since April, not one sizable shipment has reached the hospital from the world humanitarian organizations; we have received only several small consignments of medicines via the World Health Organization, the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.
The hospital has exhausted the last of its food and medical reserves, so that the feeding of the sick and wounded, more than 900 patients, is now limited to one meal per day.
Treatment can be given only to the most desperate cases, so we can no longer even consider treatment of any kind that would lead to our patients' recovery. Operations are being performed under local anesthesia, since we lack the basic instruments and medicines needed to carry out normal operations.