By: Times Reporter
A medical facility that is operated by Rwandan peacekeepers was inaugurated on Sunday in the Central African Republic (CAR) by Parfait Onyanga, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The Level 2 UN Hospital was inaugurated in Bria, Sector East, in the CAR, according to an statement from RDF.
“This medical facility is a testimony of Rwanda’s commitment to promote the cause of peace in the CAR and the world…you make your nation Rwanda proud and you make the UN stronger in its noble mission of protecting vulnerable people, and caring for its own staff,” Onyanga told the Rwandan contingent.
Lt Col Dr King Kayondo, the commanding officer of Rwanda Level 2 Hospital MINUSCA, described the facility as an advanced hospital, providing care and treatment to the UN civilian and military staff.
The hospital comprises specialised services in internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, dentistry, psychology, physiotherapy, gynecology and obstetrics. The hospital also features a modern laboratory and imaging services.
“Rwandan Level 2 UN Hospital is effective and compliant as it offers more services – orthopedic and obstetrics-gynecology services, which are considered an addition to the level 2 hospital,” said Kayondo.
Rwanda is the fifth largest troop and police contributing country to UN peacekeeping missions globally, with more than 5,000 military and police peacekeepers in different parts of the world.
Last month, while at the Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping held on the sidelines of the 70th session of UN General Assembly, President Paul Kagame committed to increase Rwanda’s contribution to peacekeeping operations.
He pledged an additional Level 2 Hospital, two more infantry battalions totaling 1,600 troops, two attack helicopters, and an all-female formed police unit to help bolster UN peacekeeping missions around the world.