AU mission trains medical staff on life-saving skills in combat zones


Friday September 14, 2018

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 The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Thursday it has ended a two-day course to equip military medical officers with life-saving skills in the battlefield.

Jim Beesigye Owoyesigire, AMISOM Force Commander who closed the training, challenged the 32 participants to orientate themselves with all types of casualties they are likely to encounter during the service in the Mission.

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The training undertaken by medical personnel operating in combat zones, is part of the AMISOM’s medical support plan aimed at ensuring that all its medical personnel are well versed in battlefield First Aid, casualty evacuations and care, handling drug stockpiles and disposal of medical waste.

The training jointly organized by the United Nations Support Mission in Somalia and AMISOM, was attended by 32 officers, among them nurses, clinical officers and pharmacists.

The participants are also expected to train their Somali counterparts to develop their capacity of handling life threatening injuries that occur in the battlefield.

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