The guerrilla actions of the PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) require that they maintain no large central headquarters in Guinea Bissau, as they fight the Portuguese army.
GV injured person carried on stretcher and put on ground and to medics go forward to examine him (2 shots)
SV native look on
GV operating table set under the shelter and medics prepare to operate on patient
GV & SV woman arranging pots in outdoor kitchen (2 shots)
LV & SV man attends to cooking pot on open fire (3 shots )
GV truck and people going aboard ferry
GV people leaving ferry on oposite bank
GV Boke hospital buildings
SV patient with injured arm being attended by medics
MV nurse attends to childe in bed. Child has one leg amputated.
SV medic attends adult male patient on bed (2 shots)
SV young girl with plaster on leg walks along outside hospital building
SV & GV patient walking in hospital grounds (2 shots)
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Background: The guerrilla actions of the PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) require that they maintain no large central headquarters in Guinea Bissau, as they fight the Portuguese army. Although the PAIGC forces do not control areas of Guinea Bissau, their hit and run actions favour a mobile system of staging and supply areas. Medical supplies and first aid stations are among the most important considerations of the PAIGC. The must be able to treat those who are wounded in skirmishes with the Portuguese, as well as the sick and wounded civilians in the areas which they control.
VISNEWS cameraman Louis Giminez filmed this report on the operation of one of the PAIGC jungle hospitals near Balantes. The more seriously wounded are carried on foot for six-hours to a large hospital in Boke, Guinea.
SYNOPSIS: The hospital in a jungle area of Guine Bissau, is operated by the P-A-I-G-C, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde. The injured man is a member of the guerrilla forces of the Party, who are now fighting against the Portuguese Army.
Although the guerrillas control some of this area, occupied by Portugal since the seventeenth century, the nature of this guerrilla war prevents them from operating permanent bases. With help from Cuban advisers, the PAIGC has set up these mobile first aid stations. There is no electricity, but a primitive operating theatre has been established. There are cooking facilities and light is supplied by paraffin lamps. The hospital has eight beds, of which six were occupied at this time.
The more seriously injured must be taken to the town of Boke, in Guinea. Aside from this short ferry ride, the wounded are carried on foot for six hours.
The P-A-I-G-C transport sick and injured civilians from the area which they control, as well as their own injured. The Party has set up its headquarters in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Their leader, Amilcar Cabral, decided in 1959 that Portugal, unlike Britain and France, would not withdraw from its African territories. He went underground and formed the Party. In 1961, the began their guerrilla war against the Portuguese. Both sides in the struggle claim they kill nearly one - thousand of their enemy each year. Although these figures cannot be confirmed, this hospital is testimony to what Cabral calls a war of attrition.