Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - The peacekeepers in Darfur said they have treated thousands of Darfuri patients ranging from eye and ear infection, cardiovascular illnesses, hypertension, abdominal disorders, dental to skin infections in one-week medical operation launched last week in north Darfur.
"A seven-day medical campaign organised by UNAMID forces was concluded yesterday (Monday) in North Darfur after treating more than 2,000 people, including women and children," UNAMID said in a statement it issued on Tuesday.
The statement explained that the operation was part of efforts to address the needs of local population, provide them with medical assistance and strengthen relations between UNAMID and the host communities.
Local residents received care for various complaints, including eye and ear infection, cardiovascular illnesses, hypertension, abdominal disorders, dental and skin infections.
The statement said the exercise, which began 17 August and dubbed “Operation Haboob Chase II”, was an initiative of UNAMID Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba.
It was planned and conducted by the Nepalese Special Forces, with support from Mongolian Level II Hospital and Rwandan protection forces and medical personnel, the release said.
It added that the teams delivered medical assistance to residents of Gurraf Farfaj village, located about 40 kilometres North West of Kabkabiya, Kuma, Dar es Salaam and Shangil Tobaya in north Darfur.
Nyamvumba accompanied the teams to Gurraf Farjai village and Dar es Salaam, where he interacted with the local community, assuring them that the Mission would launch similar programmes in other areas in the future.
He commended the troops for the initiative.
The statement said Operation Haboob (winds) Chase was the second exercise conducted by the Nepalese forces, after a nine-day extended long range patrol undertaken last August, covering a distance of 1,077 kilometres around parts of North and West Darfur to provide critical and often elusive access to various services.
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