The 5th contingent of Sri Lanka Army medical Corps bound for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan’s second level hospital will leave the island today to assume duties.
The contingent presented a ceremonial salute to Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) at the SLAMC Regimental Headquarters ground at Werahera on Tuesday (30).
The Sri Lankan contingent already serving the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is expected to return to the island soon after completion of their tenure of service in accordance with the provisions of the UN.
The 5th contingent, leaving for South Sudan comprises 4 Medical specialists, 3 Medical Officers, a dentist, a Commanding Officer, seven Administrative Officers, 41 Sri Lankan Medical Corps Other Rankers and 9 Other Rankers from the Sri Lanka Signal Corps, Sri Lanka Engineer Corps, Sri Lanka Electrical Mechanical Engineers and Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps.
The contingent is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel M.P.S.R Amarasekara.
The Sri Lanka Army at the request of the UN, established its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Jonglei state in South Sudan in July 2014, under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The hospital is manned entirely by the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corp personnel and is slated to provide second line health care to all UN personnel serving there.