India to deploy 2 medical groups in DR Congo, S Sudan to assist fight COVID-19

United Nations, September 4

India, which is among the many largest troop contributors to the UN peacekeeping, will deploy two medical groups within the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan after a request by UN chief Antonio Guterres to scale-up well being infrastructure within the areas managed by the Indian peacekeepers to assist include the COVID-19 outbreak.

India’s Permanent Mission to the UN stated in an announcement that the nation responded to a request from UN Secretary-General Guterres and mobilised all efforts to assemble two groups of medical specialists to be deployed in hospitals on the UN missions in DR Congo and South Sudan.

“This gesture has been welcomed,” the Indian mission stated.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti on Friday tweeted: “Indian peacekeepers rise to the call to combat COVID! In response to request of UN Secretary General, India is rushing two medical teams to Africa to strengthen Indian peacekeeping hospitals – one in Goma, DR Congo and other in Juba, South Sudan”.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage the world over, the UN Secretariat has arrange a System-Wide Medical Evacuation Task Force to make sure prime quality remedy services for folks serving the United Nations in subject places.

Guterres has determined to scale-up the Level-2 and Level-Three hospital services, managed by the Indian peacekeepers, on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) to mitigate and include the COVID-19 outbreak at these two places.

Based on a request, India will probably be deploying two medical groups of 15 medical personnel every at Goma within the DRC and Juba in South Sudan within the second half of September, 2020.

The principal hub of command and management centre of MONUSCO is positioned in Goma, the place the hospital by India has been operational since January, 2005 and has 90 Indian nationals together with 18 specialists.

Due to the rising variety of coronavirus circumstances within the space, the ‘Level-3′ facility, which is the very best stage of medical care offered by a deployed UN unit, will now additional be upgraded to a Level-3 Plus facility.

In Juba, the ‘Level-2 plus’ hospital by India, operational since December, 2016, has 77 Indians, together with 12 specialists.

The Indian facility in Juba is presently one of many top-level of medical services current in South Sudan. This facility will now be upgraded from Level-2 plus to a Level-Three facility.

Of the full 16,306 troops deployed with UNMISS, India contributes the most important variety of troops at 2,420 personnel.

The nation is the second largest contributor of troops to MONUSCO, with 2,030 Indian troops deployed with the UN Mission, which has a complete of 15,159 peacekeepers.

India’s long-standing contribution to the UN peacekeeping has been broadly lauded by the world organisation. Women of the Indian Armed Forces Medical Services headed to the UN Peacekeeping mission within the Republic of Congo (ONUC) in 1960 to help with the set-up of a 400-bed hospital.

India presently contributes navy and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in Abyei, Cyprus, the DRC, Lebanon, the Middle East, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara in addition to one knowledgeable to the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia.

Over the final 70 years, greater than 160 Indian navy, police and civilian personnel have misplaced their lives whereas serving within the UN peacekeeping missions all over the world, the very best from any troop-contributing nation. PTI

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