Vietnamese peacekeeping doctors support response to monkeypox epidemic

Wednesday, 22/06/2022 20:12
Soldiers of Vietnam’s Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 4 in South Sudan have recently provided training and updated knowledge on the epidemiological situation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of monkeypox for Level-1 field hospitals in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
 Soldiers of Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 provide medical check-ups and medicine for people in South Sudan - Illustrative image (Photo courtesy of the hospital)

According to the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the training session took place in a timely manner at the right time when the pandemic was spreading rapidly in many areas, contributing to helping many medical staff in the mission feel more secure, ready both in attitude and knowledge to respond to the epidemic.

After more than 2 hours of lively exchange and discussion, with suggestions and guidance from Major Le Viet Anh as well as insightful answers from specialist doctors at Level 2 Field Hospital No. 4 of Vietnam, the training session was a great success, receiving the trust and enthusiastic response of level 1 hospitals, and the high appreciation of the agencies in the mission.

Soldiers of the Vietnamese hospital also joined Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) activities. Accordingly, members of Vietnam’s Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 4 prepared presents from Vietnam to give to local people and children.

Visiting the Unity State’s Education Ministry, the soldiers showed their hope to contribute to the studies of children here. They then visited and presented gifts to students of Charles Kuot Primary School in the state. Students were also taught to play several folk games of Vietnam, and the Vietnamese doctors planted trees to bring green colors to the land here.

Expressing gratitude for the work of the hospital staff, a teacher of the school shared his feeling that these trees would grow in the years to come. “When you come to this place again, we will tell the story of the Vietnamese people who planted them,” he said.

In addition, the Vietnamese nurses and doctors brought gifts to the pupils such as drawing paper, crayons, pencils, erasers, rulers, slippers and T-shirts. The gifts, though small, contained the affection and sharing of Vietnamese people to the local residents.

The medical staff also organized some Vietnamese folk games for the pupils./.

Compiled by BTA