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Doctor who performs 60 surgeries a week despite poor facilities wins UN refugee prize

A South Sudanese doctor who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthesia won the UN refugee agency’s prestigious Nansen award on Tuesday. Evan Atar Adaha’s Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 144,000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighbouring Sudan. The hospital’s X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using “ketamine injections and spinal epidurals” instead of general anaesthesia. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Atar’s “profound humanity and selflessness” had saved thousands of lives.AFP

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