Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has conducted a relief in place operation for its Medical Contingent (Level Two Hospital) serving under United Nations Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA).
On 10 August 2016 at around 7h30, 70 RDF Medical Personnel under command of Col Dr John Byimana took off from Kigali International Airport (KIA) to Central Africa Republic to replace their colleagues who have been serving in MINUSCA, Level Two Hospital since August 2015.
63 RDF medical personnel who have completed their Tour of Duty arrived at KIA at 13h45, leaving behind 7 colleagues including their Commanding Officer Lt Col Dr King Kayondo. Both the outgoing and incoming groups were respectively seen off and received by Brig Gen Chris Murari, in charge of RDF Operations and Training, accompanied by other RDF Senior Officers, on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff.
In his welcoming note, Gen Murari congratulated the Military Level Two Personnel for having successfully completed their tour of duty. He further said that RDF leadership appreciates the professionalism and dedication they exhibited during their mission, which they should be proud of themesleves.
One of the returning home Military Medics, Lt Col Dr Edmond Mukimbiri explained to the Media that though they were the first contingent to establish a Level Two Hospital in MINUSCA, the RDF Medics made their Mission of providing medical care to MINUSCA personnel and local population a success.
“Our Mission was to provide healthcare to MINUSCA Personnel in Central Africa Republic. We had a big challenge of operating in region that has a number of Armed Groups but all went well. We treated more than 2600 patients, thirty percent were operated and others received mainly internal medicine care”, Lt Col Dr Mukimbiri said before adding that they provided also health care to the People of Central Africa Republic.
Level Two Hospital under the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions standards could be compared to the District Hospital with additional equipment and medical specialists. The Level Two Hospital should have the capacity of treating up to 40 ambulatory out patients per day, provide three intensive care beds, stabilize and be able to evacuate a casualty in need for the next level of medical care among others.
The seven RDF Medics remaining in CAR will come back home on 21 August 2016, after having completed the handover and takeover process.