More 24 Vietnamese soldiers head to South Sudan for Peacekeeping Mission
On April 21 morning, at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the farewell ceremony was held for 24 Vietnamese soldiers at the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 3 heading to South Sudan to undertake the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.
The farewell ceremony saw the attendance of Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Major General Nguyen Hong Son, Director of Military Hospital 175 under the Ministry of National Defense, representatives from Military Region 7, Division 370 (Air Defense - Air Force), Defense Attaché, representatives from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, relatives of officers and staff of Level 2 Field Hospital No. 3.
Before leaving for South Sudan, 24 soldiers were trained to conduct medical emergencies and drive armored vehicles.
Although the Covid-19 partly affected their training, soldiers showed their determination to successfully accomplish the mission.
Female soldier Ngo Thi Hai Linh said: “Given the complicated development of Covid-19 epidemic, we couldn’t receive training support from the United Nations’ experts. However, I do believe that the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 3 will complete the task and return safely together”.
Major General Nguyen Hong Son, Director of Military Hospital 175 under the Ministry of National Defense encourages officers and soldiers of Level 2 Field Hospital No. 3. Photo: VOV
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Previously, on March 24, 33 soldiers at the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 3 headed to South Sudan. They safely landed at Juba International Airport two days later. After completing the mandatory Covid-19 quarantine, they arrived at Bentiu base and officially assumed their duties from April 17.
UN organisations in Vietnam will prioritise cooperating with the country in combating COVID-19 and promoting the transfer of vaccine production technology, affirmed UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra in the meeting with President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 12.
Members of Vietnam’s Level-two Field Hospital (L2FH) Rotation 3 and their counterparts from India’s L2FH operating at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have recently held an online refresher course on improving medical capacity and fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
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