Vietnamese Blue-Beret Doctors Continue Aid South Sudan People Amid Flooding
|Vietnamese blue-beret doctors give health checkups to locals in South Sudan. Photo: BVDC 2.4|
Doctors of the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 4 of Vietnam in South Sudan have provided free health checkups to locals and supported the Bentiu General Hospital in overcoming the consequences of flooding, VNA reported.
Recently, heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in South Sudan, forcing many people to evacuate and causing outbreaks of many diseases. In that context, the Vietnamese blue-beret doctors, led by Major Le Viet Anh, presented medicines, cleaning chemicals, and medical equipment to the Bentiu General Hospital.
They also offered free medical examination and treatment as well as medicines to more than 200 people hardest hit by floods, focusing on women and the elderly.
This was a meaningful activity of Vietnam’s “blue beret” doctors with the desire to provide humanitarian assistance to the needy.
The program has contributed to building a beautiful image of Vietnamese people in the eyes of international friends and bringing a better life to the flood-hit people.
The Director of Bentiu General Hospital (Unity, South Sudan) thanked the delegation and the Vietnamese people for their helpful support.
|Offering free medicines. Source: PANO|
|Vietnamese blue-beret doctors give health checkups to locals. Source: PANO|
|Donating essential medicines and basic epidemic prevention equipment to Bentiu General Hospital. Photo: BVDC 2.4|
South Sudan has experienced extreme flooding over the past three years, with 835,000 people affected by flooding in 2021 alone.
Heavy rain and severe flooding in South Sudan, last week have caused severe damage to camps for refugees and internally displaced persons. The floods have destroyed housing, roads, and schools and have left many people in search of dry ground.
With water levels rising higher than a meter, more than 200,000 people are estimated to have been affected in the region; causing large displacement of the local host and refugee communities. Additionally, significant damage to livelihood assets, food crops, and livestock has diminished the communities’ ability to effectively start to recover.
Extensive infrastructural damage to bridges and roads has prevented humanitarian access to communities whose livelihoods and day-to-day survival are primarily dependent on humanitarian assistance.
|Vietnamese blue-beret doctor examines a Mongolian patient who suffered acute pancreatitis. Photo: BVDC 2.4|
Along with charity activities, Vietnamese doctors have shown strong professional performance. Recently, they have successfully treated a Mongolian patient who suffered acute pancreatitis.
Before arriving at Level-2 Field Hospital No. 4 in Vietnam, the patient took treatment at a level-1 hospital of Mongolia, but his condition did not improve.
After 10 days of treatment, the patient recovered and was discharged from the hospital.
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