Sri Lanka deploys 61 troops to South Sudan

A new contingent of 61 Army personnel including 11 officers left this morning (3) for South Sudan to serve in the SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor, South Sudan as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Sri Lanka Army succeeded in establishing its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor, South Sudan a few years ago under the UN Mission.

The project has reportedly been hailed as one of the fastest and well-planned projects ever seen in Mission Director’s entire UN career.

Headed by Lieutenant Colonel Rohan Fernando, 10 officers and 50 other ranks largely of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) will take over the duties as a replacement for a 62-strong member contingent who are expected to return to the island this afternoon (3) upon successful completion of their tenure of office in South Sudan.

Sri Lanka, now recognized as a troop contributing country by the UN, has come in for praise for the contribution to the African continent.

This South Sudan-based 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 an aero-medical evacuation facility with ambulatory resuscitation and ventilation capabilities.

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