The Rwandan contingents in the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) participated in a seven-day medical campaign in North Darfur that offered free medical care to more than 2,000 people, mainly women and children.
The operation, dubbed "Operation Haboob Chase II", was an initiative of UNAMID Force Commander, Lt. Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.
“We have been providing medical care to civilians. However, it is the first time to conduct a medical campaign of this magnitude,” Gen. Nyamvumba told The New Times in an e-mail.
The campaign began on August 17 as part of efforts to address the needs of the local population, offer them medical assistance and strengthen UNAMID relations with the host communities.
The operation was jointly conducted by the Nepalese Special Forces with support from Mongolian Level II Hospital and Rwandan protection forces and medical personnel.
They delivered medical assistance to residents of Gurrav Farvaj village located about 40 kilometres North West of Kabkabiya, Kuma, Dar es Salaam and Shangil Tobaya areas.
The locals received treatment for various cases including eye and ear infections, cardiovascular illnesses, hypertension, abdominal disorders, dental and skin infections.
Nyamvumba accompanied the teams to Gurrav Farjawi village and Dar es Salaam where he interacted with the local community, assuring them that the mission would launch similar programs in other areas in the future.