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Updated On: Friday, November 24 2017

Mongolians Help Fix Ambulances In South Sudan

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Content by: South-South News

3 October 2012, New York USA | Connor Schratz - In terms of language, geography, and culture, Mongolia and South Sudan are extraordinarily different. Today, however, both of these developing countries are working together to save lives in South Sudan by maintaining previously unusable ambulances that provide medical services in one of the country's most volatile regions.

 

As tribal conflicts and border disputes with Sudan continue to destabilize South Sudan, the ability to access efficient, effective, and save life-saving equipment is paramount. For that reason, Mongolian engineers stationed at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been dispatched to fix up old ambulances to ensure the best possible service in the state of Unity.

Ambulances have been even more difficult to maintain this year, after heavy flooding in the region has drenched South Sudanese roads, blocking many routes and causing significant extra wear on the vehicles.

This project holds tremendous importance for the medical infrastructure of Unity; the medical director at one hospital reported that his organization had access to four ambulances, three of which were dysfunctional. Mongolian engineers have gotten two of them back into working order, and are currently in the process of repairing the third.

"Now we have two ambulances and they are functioning and will help us and help our community," said Simon John Deng, the Director at Benitu Hospital. "It is like humanitarian support and we appreciate this by the Mongolian UNMISS team."

Captain Ganchimeg Tsetseg, a cooperation officer with UNMISS, took pride in his outfit's ability to apply their technical knowledge in the service of the people of South Sudan.

"We wanted to help them within our capability because in our military battalion we have the professional mechanical engineering crew," he said. "We thought that we would able to fix the ambulance, because the ambulances have been sitting here not functioning, so we want this ambulance to move round and round to help the people to serve here."

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