Army's UN Peace-Keeping Mission Opens New Hospital In South Sudan

In a bid to establish a modern hospital in South Sudan, Sri Lanka Army established SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor of South Sudan under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which has been reportedly hailed as one of the fastest and well-planned projects conducted ever.

The establishment of the hospital came to a reality following to the fruitful negotiations held between the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Commander of the Army on arrival of five-member UNMISS delegation to Sri Lanka.

As a result of Army's timely action, Sri Lanka became the foremost country to deploy a surge contingent in South Sudan in keeping with the UN Security Council's request to all countries for assistance after crisis struck South Sudan in December last year.

Director of Mission Support UNMISS Ms Stephani Scheer graced the event as the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony on July 25. UNMISS Force Commander Lieutenant General Johannes Tesfamarium participated as the Guest of Honour during the session.

Impressive modern facilities and medical equipments came under the praise of Director Ms Scheer.

This new SRIMED Hospital, equipped with necessary components for secondary care medical services, including an operating theatre, labour room, intensive care unit, emergency department, out-patient department, dental surgery, dental workshop, pharmacy, medical store, radiology department, clinical laboratory, ECG room, sterilizing department, bio medical engineering section, medical waste disposal section, freezer mortuary, isolation ward and laundry plus wards, also enjoys aero medical evacuation facility with ambulatory resuscitation and ventilation capabilities. Its 66 Sri Lankan Army staff will be commanded by the Consultant Epidemiologist, Lieutenant Colonel Saveen Semage.

Sri Lanka Army's entry into South Sudan as the newest member in the UN peace keeping family marks a milestone in the Army history.

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