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Vietnam deploys second level-2 field hospital to South Sudan

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 17:19 GMT+7
Vietnam deploys second level-2 field hospital to South Sudan
Vietnamese leaders and 63 staff members of the level-two field hospital rotation 2 stand for a group photo during a deployment ceremony in Hanoi, November 13, 2019. Photo: Duc Binh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam sent off 63 staff members to run the second rotation of its level-two field hospital as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan in a ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday morning.

They are well-trained personnel who had completed UN training courses in the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, and France, said Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, deputy director of the Peacekeeping Operations Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense.

They have been trained by foreign military experts on air emergency, mass trauma emergency, and methods to prevent outbreaks of incurable diseases in environments similar to that in South Sudan, Canh said.

“The level-two field hospital rotation 2 is well-prepared and ready to replace rotation 1 and perform the peacekeeping mission with utmost resolution,” he said.

Staff members of Vietnam’s level-two field hospital rotation 2 receive a monetary gift from a Ministry of National Defense agency during a deployment ceremony in Hanoi, November 13, 2019. Photo: Duc Binh / Tuoi Tre

Staff members of Vietnam’s level-two field hospital rotation 2 receive a monetary gift from a Ministry of National Defense agency during a deployment ceremony in Hanoi, November 13, 2019. Photo: Duc Binh / Tuoi Tre

The 63-member staff will depart for South Sudan on two separate flights operated by the Australian Department of Defense on November 19 and 26.

They will be carried by the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft.

The first rotation of Vietnam’s level-two field hospital in South Sudan, which also comprises 63 staff members, will arrive in Vietnam on November 21 and 28, after finishing its one-year service in the African nation.

The first rotation treated nearly 2,000 patients and conducted 59 operations with a perfect safety record, according to the Vietnamese Peacekeeping Operations Department.

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