Sri Lankan army credited for sterling services in Jonglei
The contingent of Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SRIMED) serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor, South Sudan, despite the challenges of operating amid rising COVID-19 cases and going beyond its mandate to help the South Sudanese people, recently offered life-saving care to two severely-wounded South Sudanese men.
The two men had sustained injuries in two separate shooting incidents in conflict-affected Jonglei and Lakes regions.
The Bor State Hospital does not have x-ray facilities and other equipment, needed to provide such emergency treatment, but the Sri Lankan medical team considering the serious nature of both cases, attended to the life-saving treatment since one of whom had a chest wound while the other, a teenager, had been shot in the head.
“We knew that UNMISS medical personnel would be able to provide these two people the care that they needed urgently,” Ayuel Wuor, the Chief Nurse at Bor State Hospital, who accompanied the injured men to the UNMISS hospital, has said.
“While UNMISS is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst local communities as well as our uniformed and civilian personnel, we continue to carry out lifesaving and critical tasks. After all, we are here to protect civilians and save lives,” said Deborah Schein, Head of UNMISS’ Field Office in Bor.
The condition of both patients is currently stable and they were scheduled for surgery.
The Sri Lanka Army at the request of the UN established its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor, South Sudan, under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2014.
Since 2014, the UNMISS Level II Hospital in Bor has treated more than 15,000 patients, provided 2,700 x-rays, and performed some 300 surgeries.
UNMISS website story regarding the medical care provided to local communities by SRIMED hospital, written by Mach Samuel on 14 May 2020 further said that despite the challenges of operating during rising cases of COVID-19, the peacekeeping mission is endeavoring to continue its work protecting civilians and building peace in the conflict-affected country.
This is just one example of UNMISS going beyond its mandate to help the South Sudanese people, especially in terms of providing health care, the report pointed out.