“In the context of deep global integration, the Vietnamese Government’s policy is to contribute to international peace and humanity. Joining the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations (UN) is a vivid illustration for Vietnam’s responsibility for the UN and international community,” said Deputy Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh.

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Staff of the L2FH No.1 of Vietnam and US and UK military medical experts join a training session in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Duong

Established in December, 2014, the L2FH is the first-ever independent unit of Vietnam to join the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Thus, meticulous preparations have been made in the past four years, both in human resources and training.

Besides professional and foreign language training, the hospital’s staff were provided with skills to survive and respond to incidents in harsh conditions.

The UN approved the L2FH’s personnel list with 69 people in April this year.

Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh made the latest inspection of the hospital’s preparations on May 4, during which the hospital was deemed ready for mission.

He noted that the successful implementation of the L2FH would create premise for the second hospital and the next military engineer company to join the UN’s peacekeeping force in 2020.

According to Senior Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, in the examination for the hospital in February, an inspection group from the UN spoke highly of the medical staff’s capacity and believed that they will complete their mission in the African nation.

Vietnam has sent 20 officers to work at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic and the UN Mission in South Sudan, including a female officer, after nearly four years of joining the UN peacekeeping operations.

Source: VNA