More officers of Vietnam’s field hospital head for peacekeeping missions in South Sudan

Monday, 2018-10-15 17:12:16
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Deputy Defence Minister, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (left), shakes hands with the Vietnamese soldiers ahead of their departure for South Sudan. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – A ceremony was held at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on October 15 to see off the second team of Vietnam’s Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1 to South Sudan for the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

Speaking at the event, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister and head of the Defence Ministry’s steering committee on Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, encouraged the field hospital’s staff to uphold the spirit of solidarity and mutual support to overcome all difficulties and effectively fulfill the assigned tasks, thus advertising the image of Uncle Ho’s soldiers to international friends.

He asked the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department to effectively implement policies for the families and relatives of the field hospital’s officials and soldiers to free them from worries, so they will be able to focus on their peacekeeping missions in South Sudan.

The Ministry of Defence will continue its coordination with the agencies and units concerned to create the best possible conditions for the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1 to effectively perform their tasks in South Sudan, contributing to enhancing the international prestige and position of Vietnam as a whole, and the Vietnam People’s Army in particular.

Deputy Defence Minister, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, poses with the second team of Vietnam's Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1. (Photo: VNA)

On behalf of the officials and soldiers, Maj. Nguyen Thanh Cong, Deputy Director of the Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1, pledged to comply with the requests of the Defence Ministry leaders, while upholding the spirit of “solidarity-friendship-discipline-safety-victory” in order to successfully perform the UN peacekeeping missions.

As planned, 31 officials and soldiers on the second team of Vietnam’s Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1 boarded the C17 airplane of the Royal Australian Air Force, together with 30 tonnes of goods and medicine, to depart for South Sudan to join 32 officials and soldiers of the first team, who set off two weeks ago.

The Level-2 Field Hospital No. 1 is the first unit of Vietnam’s peacekeeping forces to directly engage in UN peacekeeping operations. It will replace the UK’s Level-2 Field Hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan, and take on the responsibility of caring for the health of officials and employees of the UN Mission in South Sudan over a one-year term.