The Japanese embassy in Senegal has donated a 30-bed mobile field hospital and two ambulances to help the Senegal Armed Forces (SAF) improve the delivery of military and public health care services.
Japanese Ambassador to Senegal Omori Shigeru handed over the mobile hospital and it two ambulances to Senegalese Defence minister Augustin Tine in an event held at the largest military base in the capital Dakar recently. The equipment is worth 566 million FCFA ($1 million).
The mobile hospital features essential hospital facilities including a surgery, a medical laboratory, a dental clinic, 30 beds and a pharmacy. Ambassador Shigeru said the donation was made in the spirit of the bilateral cooperation agreement on Universal Health Coverage signed between the two countries late in 2016.
“It is a great honour for me to hand over this mobile hospital with up-to-date medical equipment and the two ambulances to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Senegal. This hospital will improve the quality of health-care services to the population, who have difficulty in accessing health service,” Shigeru said.
Senegalese defence minister Tine welcomed the donation as proof of the enduring solidarity and cooperation between his country and the Japanese people.
“This gratuitous transfer of a mobile field hospital to the Army Health Directorate is timely given that we now operate in the context of increased and diversified threats, with increased demand for medical and surgical care across the country and the sub region.
“This high-quality, 30-bed mobile care tool with modules for surgery, anesthesia-resuscitation, radiology, dental surgery and two medical ambulances will enable the Army Health Service to better cope with all situations of mass influx of the wounded,” Tine said.
The SAF’s limited rapid intervention capability in health-care emergencies was exposed three years ago with the outbreak of the Ebola virus which strained the public and military health-care services of all of West African countries.
Through co-operation with international partners, regional government have over the past two years worked to cover the health-care delivery gaps, which forced the region to seek help from the British and American armies during the Ebola crisis.