At the opening ceremony of the pre-deployment training course in Hanoi on December 13, Deputy Minister of Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh spoke highly of the efforts by the Defence Ministry’s agencies, especially the Vietnam Military Medical University and the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VDPO), to prepare for hospital No. 2
He told the university and the VDPO to pay special attention to equipping the hospital staff with the skills to perform the tasks at a UN mission. He also asked for close coordination with the hospital No. 1 staff to exchange experience regarding preparations, deployment, and task implementation.
VDPO Director Col. Hoang Kim Phung said the members of hospital No. 2 are excellent servicemen and women chosen from the Military Medical University, the General Department of Logistics, the Military Region 2, the VDPO and the Department of Military Medicine.
He noted that the pre-deployment training course is part of the preparations for hospital No. 2 to replace the first one performing UN peacekeeping tasks in South Sudan. It is also meant to continue affirming Vietnam’s role, responsibility and efforts in joining UN peacekeeping operations for the sake of global peace and stability.
Vietnam dispatched the level-2 field hospital No. 1 to the UN mission in South Sudan in October 2018.