GAF takes custody of 2 deployable level II hospital from US govt

Two deployable level II hospitals funded by the United States Government were yesterday handed over to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for use in peacekeeping operations.

The $6.5 million is to provide continuous training for GAF medical service personnel when preparing to deploy for any mission and the other,   set for immediate deployment  on United Nations Mission  when  required.

Speaking at the  ceremony  in  Accra, the  Minister for Defence, Dominic Ntiwul  said the  medical component  of the  African Peacekeeping  Rapid Response  Programme (APRRP) was  designed to  enable  GAF rapidly  deploy and operate a UN-standard  level II  hospital should anything threaten the  continent’s  stability.

 According to the minister, the  programme was aimed at  building  sustainable  capacities in  selected African  partner  nations  to enable  rapid  deployment  in support  of peacekeeping operations.

He  said  50  personnel  of  GAF medical  service  had been trained  as trainers of trainees  by  United  States  facilitators while workshops  on clinical  ultrasound, medical modelling  and simulation, international trauma  support , trauma  nursing  and  field sanitation  would be  carried out next year.    

Mr Ntiwul said the ultimate aim was to institutionalise all the courses, under a military trauma nursing school for the entire country soon.       

He  stated that  the  first batch of  trainers of trainees course  under the field sanitation  programme would  jointly facilitate the  second  iteration of the field  sanitation workshop next month. 

He said the training aspect of the medical component of the programme marked one of the most practical deployment experience acquisition mechanism for the GAF medical personnel.

Mr Ntiwul  said  the  shared platform  between GAF and the United States  had provided the participants   the opportunity to tap into the  many years of deployment experience  especially  in  subject areas  of medical, planning, logistics and biomedical equipment repairs, field sanitation, vendor  training and advance trauma life  support.

 On her part, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan said the Ghana Armed Forces had earned global respect for its six decades in UN peacekeeping operations.

She said through APRRP, the United States government had invested in the capacity of Ghana and five other African countries that had proven themselves leaders in peacekeeping adding that Ghana had successfully demonstrated its commitment and capacity to lead the charge.

 She  said the  United States and GAF  had conducted  three APRRP medical trainings  and  currently  by  medical and non- medical  personnel of the force  were  receiving  level II  hospital  vendor training in setting up and operating a deployable  hospital.

She said the training which is expected to end this week would ensure the proper use of the equipments to improve the medical care of Ghana’s and other international peacekeepers.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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