Kigali, 10 August 2015
A contingent of 51 Rwanda Defence Force Medical personnel on 10 August 2015 departed for Central Africa Republic. They are final Medical team of the RDF Level Two Hospital deployment in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
They are joining another batch of 19 colleagues that arrived in Bangui two months ago. The first medical team with Hospital medical equipment, armored ambulances and other soft skin vehicles that will be serving the Peacekeeping Mission left Kigali to Central African Republic on 20 January 2015.
“Today’s deployment of Level two hospital in UN Peacekeeping Mission is another milestone in RDF contribution to the international peace and security”, Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita, Defence and Military Spokesman said before adding “a contingent of 70 Medical Staff led by Lt Col Dr King Kayondo for level Two Hospital today completes deployment of RDF medical personnel where they join other Rwandan Contingent in MINUSCA, in Central African Republic”.
Briefing the contingent earlier on Sunday 9 August 2015 at RDF General Headquarters Kanombe, the Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Maj Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi urged the RDF medics to deliver excellent medical services in the Mission “We are counting on your competences and have no doubt that you will deliver the needed services. Bear in mind that you are representing Rwanda, keep high the good image of our country by exercising maximum discipline as this is a culture in RDF” he said.
The ACOS advised them to gain more lessons and experiences that will guide RDF in other future deployments. He also called on them to preserve good conduct and keep good relationship with other staff from different countries that they will be working together.
RDF Level Two Hospital deployment is based in Bria town, Sector East of MINUSCA deployment at about 550 km from Bangui. Under the United Nations standards, Level Two Hospital should have the capacity of treat up to 40 ambulatory out patients per day, provide three intensive care beds, stabilize and evacuate a casualty to the next level of medical care among others.
Rwanda maintains an Infantry Battalion of 750 troops, 32 Staff Officers and Rwanda Formed Police Unit of 139 police and 26 Individual Police officers in MINUSCA charged with, among others, to guard and escort the Head of State and President of the Senate and other VIPs.