BD peacekeepers’ free medicare in war-torn DRC makes a difference
Bangladesh Army peacekeepers are providing free and much-appreciated medical services to the residents of Bunia, a northern province of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission have conducted monthly medical outreach campaigns to provide free basic medical services for residents of Bunia and surrounding six village people.
Zidane, a Congolese woman, told the Daily Observer, "I am suffering from pagnaxy [high-risk pregnancy] pains. Now that I've had the treatment I needed, I am very grateful to the Bangladeshi peacekeepers."
The peacekeepers serviced more than 10,000 patients of Bunia province, including numerous malnourished children and dispensed a significant amount of medical
supplies for treatable ailments such as aches, diarrhea, cough, fever and common infections. Many Congolese people extended their heartfelt thanks to the peacekeepers and underscored the importance of such continued efforts.
Maj Rezawna Islam, doctor of BANRDB Level One Hospital, in Bunia said, "We support medical care, particularly of malnourished children in Bunia. We provide medicines to the poor people of the area. We also arrange medical camps at orphanage and prison cell in Bunia." She said, "We have sensitized the people of our achievement in reducing maternal mortality rate in Bangladesh."
"Bunia people take Bangladesh as a role model in this respect," she added.
Brig Gen Chowdhury Mohammad Azizul Haque Hazary, Sector Commander Northern Sector of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Bunia, said Bangladesh Army peacekeepers BANRDB Level One Hospital at Bunia provides medical assistance to the local people. Many of the locals wait for Bangladeshi peacekeepers' medical support and assistance. The Peacekeeping Mission is focusing on civilian protection by medical assistance. Our medical team is working hard here and is involved with situational awareness with medical support."
Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zaid Director ISPR told this correspondent that BANRDB ensured medical security to the people of Bunia in a limited scale within their means which have contributed positively to the local inhabitants.
Each month BANRDB arranges four medical camps at Bunua, Lt Col Zaid said.
Col Imtaj, Contingent Commander of BANRDB, said medical awareness was a healthy process for long term benefit to the Bunia residents. If the medical assistance from BABRDB Level One Hospital continued in the area the local people would be benefited.