Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense organized a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday as a send-off for its soldiers to head for South Sudan for a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
These officers will work at Vietnam's third Level-2 Field Hospital in the African country.
The ceremony was attended by leaders of the Ministry of National Defense, officials from the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, attachés, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Vietnam Women's Union, and units directly involved in UN peacekeeping missions.
|A ceremony was organized in Ho Chi Minh City, March 23, 2021 to see off staff members of Vietnam’s third Level-2 Field Hospital to South Sudan for a UN peacekeeping mission. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre|
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien appreciated the cooperation of the UN, Australian government, and other partners in deploying the third Level-2 Field Hospital in accordance with plans.
Delivering a speech in virtual form, UN Under-Secretary-General Atul Khare praised Vietnam’s efforts in sending Level-2 field hospitals to UN peacekeeping missions since 2018.
Khare commended the staff of Vietnam’s Level-2 field hospitals for their work, especially in treating COVID-19 patients and in sharing valuable experience in pandemic prevention and control.
|Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien hands souvenirs and national flags to soldiers of the third Level-2 Field Hospital during a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, March 23, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre|
The third Level-2 Field Hospital was established in March 2020 with 70 staff members, including 63 official members and seven alternate ones.
The officers have completed training in the English language, military medical expertise, politics, technical logistics, peacekeeping knowledge, and survival skills.
They received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots on March 16 and will have their second shots in South Sudan once they have arrived.
All 63 official members are divided into two groups and scheduled to depart on two occasions, March 24 and April 21.
|Female soldiers are ready for their UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre|