2 September 2010 – UNMIS Indian Field Hospital completed today a three-week basic first aid course in Malakal aimed at assisting Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) soldiers treat wounded or injured colleagues on the field.
"We train them in basic medical knowledge such as trauma management, how to stop the bleeding of injured person, introduction of fractures and different types of injuries," Lt. Col. Ranjana Bhargava, Chief Logistic Officer of the field hospital and one of the trainers, said at the graduation.
She added that participants also learned cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), methods and bandaging as well as how to treat snake bites, drowning, burning, and malaria.
Some 27 JIU personnel participated the training, including 16 Sudan People's Liberation Army and 12 Sudan Armed Forces soldiers.
"The training is very good and useful for us," said Capt. Mohiep Alzubier, one of the participants.
Another attendee, Sgt. Aliardo Okok, said, "We learned how to measure blood, how to give first (aid) help to a wounded person that I didn't know before."
The graduation was attended by Adviser to the Upper Nile State Governor Dr. Charles Yor, also a physician, and UNMIS Indian Field Hospital Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Rajiv Kumar Agarwal.
Thanking UNMIS and expressing pleasure at the training, Dr. Yor advised the JIU soldiers to apply their knowledge but refer patients to a doctor if they had any doubts