A Medical Clinic for the People
UNAMID’s Hospital in Kabkabiya is staffed by a military contingent with the sole purpose of providing medical services not only to peacekeepers, but also to members of the local community.
By Abdullahi Shuaibu
Mr. Ishak Ahmad Mohamed, age 16, sustained a gunshot wound in his right arm while on his way to a village near Kabkabiya, about 100 kilometres from El Fasher, North Darfur. The injury was severe, breaking his elbow in a compound fracture that required immediate surgical intervention. His friends in the area took him immediately to receive medical attention at UNAMID’s hospital in Kabkabiya, where he was treated at no cost.
“I thank the doctors and nurses for saving my life,” he says. “It would have been worse without the excellent treatment given to me.”
UNAMID’s Level 2 Hospital in Kabkabiya, known locally as the Mongolian hospital, was established on 29 March 2011, and is fully staffed by the Mongolian military contingent deployed to Darfur, with the sole purpose of providing medical services not only to peacekeepers, but also to members of the local community. Since its inception, the hospital has been providing emergency, primary, pharmaceutical and dental services along with other forms of treatment. More than 70 per cent of the hospital’s patients are Darfuris from around Kabkabiya.
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On 10 December 2012 in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, a child from the local community is examined by a pediatrician who works as a medical professional in UNAMID’s Level 2 Hospital. Photo by Albert González Farran, UNAMID.