Nov 14, 2019 / 09:19

Vietnam’s second field hospital to join UN peacekeeping forces

The Hanoitimes - For the deployment for the second field hospital, the 63 doctors will arrive in South Sudan in two tranches by aircraft, provided by the Australian Air Force on November 19 and November 26.

Vietnam will send 63 doctors of the second field hospital to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, local media reported.

 Vietnamese military doctors. Photo: VnExpress

Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, deputy director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department under the Ministry of National Defense, said that all 63 officers after more than two years of training are ready to undertake international missions to replace the first field hospital in South Sudan.

"The doctors have been trained in air emergency, emergency of mass trauma, and methods to prevent diseases in the host country," Colonel Canh said, adding that the doctors will also provide additional emergency care and medical treatment for people in South Sudan.

Lieutenant Colonel Vo Van Hien, director of the second field hospital, said the team of doctors will quickly master the work when receiving the handover from the first hospital.

Jillann Farmer, UN health director expressed gratitude to Vietnam's role in UN peacekeeping operations.

For the deployment for the second field hospital, the 63 doctors and technicians will arrive in South Sudan in two tranches by aircraft, provided by the Australian Air Force on November 19 and November 26.

In October 2018, Vietnam sent the first field hospital, including 63 officials and soldiers, to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan. After more than a year of performing the mission, the first field hospital’s doctors treated 1,970 patients, with 59 cases of surgery.