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Djibouti’s Largest Hospital Receives Upgraded Medical Equipment from Camp Lemmonier

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, Feb 14, 2012 — U.S. service members transferred two anesthesia machines from Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012.
The EMF upgraded their anesthesia capabilities, leaving the two machines as excess equipment. The excess machines were delivered to enhance Djiboutian medical care.

“It feels very nice to have the machines from Camp Lemonnier,” said Dr. Elias Said, Peltier General Hospital medical director. “Work can be done better and easier with them. They are smaller than the previous ones we have and can be easily (moved) from one room to another.”

“The hospital treats more than 2,000 emergency cases a year in five operating rooms; three which have the outdated machines,” Said stated. “Children will benefit from the equipment as the machines can be used in pediatric cases, unlike the older equipment,” he added.

The outdated anesthesia machines can be unsafe for patients, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (Doctor) Heather Yurka said. She said the newly-acquired machines are also more modern and increase patient safety during surgery.

Peltier General Hospital is a training hospital for the region, said Mark Mitchell, U.S. Agency for International Development Djibouti program officer. “Many doctors will be able to use these machines and train on them.”

Djiboutian citizens aren’t the only ones who work and train at Peltier General. Djiboutian and American medical staffs often exchange medical professional knowledge there.

Because of a 2008 cooperative agreement between Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Peltier General Hospital, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility personnel enjoy a working relationship with the hospital.

Yurka stated that, under the agreement, she and EMF personnel exchange best practices with the hospital staff several times a week.

“We give surgical care to the individuals here,” Yurka said. “EMF personnel use this equipment here and train with the anesthesia techs and anesthesiologists on how to use and maintain the equipment. (The training) enables us to practice (medicine) the way we would in the United States.”

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – Moustaoha Abdilldhi (left), a local anesthesia nurse, and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Camp Lemonnier anesthesiologist, set up an anesthesiology machine at Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. U.S. service members delivered two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Expeditionary Medical Facility anesthesiologist at Camp Lemonnier, delivers one of two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)
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Around the Horn

On 1/27/2010 12:50:44 PM General William “Kip” Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command wrote:

Hello Teammates,

I just returned from a quick trip to Djibouti to visit our teammates at Camp Lemonnier and the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa where it was a mere 86 degrees when I arrived.

As I said, it was a quick trip but one I wanted to make to thank Rear Admiral Tony Kurta and his core staff members for the superlative work they have done over the past year. The outgoing core staff is made up of approximately 60 personnel, mostly Sailors, serving on the CJTF-HOA team for one year tours in Djibouti. They train for two weeks in Norfolk prior to arriving and beginning their sojourn in one of the most strategic locations in the world — the Horn of Africa. 

This group is the first core staff to work their entire tour under the command and control of U.S. Africa Command. They did an absolutely fantastic job of working with AFRICOM staff, interagency and international partners to help build the security capacity of the militaries of 13 East African nations. The work they do contributes to regional stability through cooperative security which leads to peace and prosperity for the people of Africa. The core staff is but one small element that supports the magnificent work of CJTF-HOA, but since their replacements are due to arrive soon and as they depart for their homes, families and new adventures, it made sense to me to stop in to see them.

Another group that I had the pleasure of meeting with and speaking to was the 1-65 Infantry Battalion from Puerto Rico National Guard. This unit is deployed to Djibouti to perform the force protection function at Camp Lemonnier for one year. During my time with this great group of Soldiers I had the honor to promote three of their number from the rank of Specialist to Sergeant. Sergeants Moreno-Leon, Reyes-Martinez, and Pizon join the ranks of the non-commissioned officer corps – defining element of our military. I spent the rest of my time with these great Americans, thanking them for their service to our nation and to Africa Command. Through their selfless dedication to duty, Africa and the world community is a better place.

This quick trip reminded me that these men and women and many others like them selflessly serve our great nation, in Africa and in many other places on earth, with very little recognition. It is important that I thank them and, through this blog, thank those who love and support those serving in places close to and far away from home. I consider it an honor.

U.S. Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks with the 1st Battalion 65th Infantry Regiment Puerto Rico National Guard, Jan. 26.

AFRICOM AOR-related news for 27 January 2010

Recent publications on Djibouti, Somalia, DR Congo, Kenya, Guinea, Madagascar, Libya, Nigeria, Sudan, Liberia

DJIBOUTI: AFRICOM COMMANDER VISITS CAMP LEMONNIER (DVIDS)

Camp Lemonnier – U.S. Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, Commander, U.S. Africa Command visited to send off the outgoing U.S. Navy core staff and speak with the 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army National Guard.

SOMALIA: ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN SOMALIA MURDER CHRISTIAN LEADER (EUROPE NEWS)

Mogadishu – Islamic extremists shot the leader of an underground church to death outside the capital city of Somalia this month and have threatened to kill his wife, his tearful widow told Compass.

SOMALIA: PLAN TO INTEGRATE EX-MILITIAS INTO SECURITY FORCES (IRIN)

Nairobi — Mogadishu residents have welcomed plans by the interim government to step up the integration of an earlier, ousted, regime’s security forces into its own army.

SOMALIA BLOODBATH LEAVES THIRTY-SEVEN DEAD (Press TV)

Mogadishu – Deadly clashes have once again erupted across Somalia, claiming the lives of at least 37 people, as violence continues to prevail in the war-torn nation.

SOMALIA: AL-SHABAB ATTACKS PEACEKEEPING HOSPITAL IN SOMALIA (Voice Of America)

An explosion near a base for the African Union peacekeeping force near the Mogadishu airport has left at least five people killed, including one soldier.

SOMALIA: CONTACT GROUP ON PIRACY OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY (U.S. Department of State)

The United States will join partners from more than 50 countries and international organizations at the United Nations in New York January 28 for a plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a growing diplomatic effort that is making steady progress against criminals targeting Africa-bound humanitarian aid shipments and other vessels transiting one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.

DRC: EU AND NATO JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY (Today’s Zaman)

Sexual violence has become a tool of modern warfare. Most victims are women of all ages, but often young girls; and the results are unwanted pregnancies, HIV infection and social stigmatization.

KENYA: US SUSPENDS AID TO KENYA’S EDUCATION MINISTRY (Associated Press)

Nairobi – The U.S. has suspended a five-year plan to fund Kenya’s education programs following allegations that more than $1 million in funds went missing at the Education Ministry.

KENYA DISPUTED DAM FUELS ETHIOPIA-KENYA BORDER ATTACKS (XINHUA)

Kitale – Six Kenyans have been killed and over 2,000 villagers forced to flee home in Lokitaung district in attacks by Ethiopian militia, a Kenyan official said on Tuesday.

KENYA: KENYA URGES U.S. TO MOBILIZE GLOBAL SUPPORT FOR SOMALIA (Xinhua)

Nairobi – Kenya on Tuesday called on the U.S. government to help mobilize international support for the transitional authority in Somalia.

KENYA: THOUSANDS OF FLOOD-AFFECTED STILL NEED AID (IRIN)

Nairobi – Thousands of flood-affected households still require assistance as ongoing rains in parts of Kenya continue to cause population displacement and destroy property and crops, according to humanitarian sources.

GUINEA DORE SWORN IN AS PM (NEWS24)

Conakry – One of the fiercest critics of Guinea’s military ruler is now the country’s prime minister, marking another step toward civilian rule.

GUINEA: ANALYSIS: GUINEA ARMY LOSES ITS SWAGGER (BBC NEWS)

Guinea’s military junta has named a civilian prime minister to steer the country towards elections but the troubled country’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty.

MADAGASCAR RAJOELINA ‘OPEN’ TO DISCUSSION (NEWS24)

Antananarivo – Madagascar’s embattled leader opened the door on Tuesday to the possibility of pushing back the date of widely criticised elections scheduled for March on the Indian Ocean island.

SUDAN: U.S. CONCERNED ABOUT ARMS FLOWING TO SOUTH SUDAN (REUTERS)

United Nations – The United States is worried about the flow of arms into semi-autonomous southern Sudan, some of it heavy weapons, ahead of a nationwide April election, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

SUDAN: DEPOSED PRIME MINISTER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT (Reuters)

Khartoum – Sudan’s last elected prime minister said on Tuesday he would run for president in April’s elections, promising to settle the Darfur conflict and "dismantle totalitarianism" in Africa’s largest state.

LIBYA IN RUSSIA ARMS TALKS (Rueters)

Moscow – Libya’s defence minister arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks that Russian media said could result in a $2bn defence contract including 20 jets.

NIGERIAN POLITICIAN SHOT DEAD (NEWS 24)

Lagos – Gunmen shot dead a prominent opposition politician in Nigeria’s south western Ogun State amid rising tensions ahead of general elections next year, police said on Tuesday.

NIGERIA: CLINTON: NIGERIAN CORRUPTION, POOR GOVERNANCE FOSTER RADICALIZATION (Voice of America)

Washington, DC – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Nigerian man who tried to set off a bomb on a US airliner December 25 may have been driven to embrace Islamic radicalism by poor governance and corruption in that country.

NIGERIA: FORMER NIGERIAN REBELS REJECT POST-AMNESTY PLANS (Reuters)

Port Harcourt – A coalition of former Nigerian militants and Niger Delta community leaders rejected on Monday government efforts to reintegrate thousands of ex-rebels, saying training centres and funding were inadequate.

LIBERIA : FORMER LIBERIAN WARLORD DECLARES INTENTION TO CONTEST 2011 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION  (APANEWS)

A former rebel leader of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) turned politician, Prince Y. Johnson has declared his intention to contest the 2011 Liberian presidential elections.

LIBERIA: U.S AMBASSADOR TO SIGN GRANT AGREEMENT (The Liberian Times)

The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, will on Wednesday, January 27, sign grant agreements to provide assistance to several community groups from across Liberia.

U.S. NAVY RELEASES FINAL TERMS FOR COASTAL WARSHIPS (Reuters)

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday released the final terms for a multibillion-dollar competition between General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) to design a new class of coastal warships.

AFRICA: NEWS BY REGION (UN News Centre)

  • UN assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo
  • Somalia: UN envoy deplores deadly bombing in capital
  • Outgoing UN envoy calls for peace talks to continue in disputed town in Sudan
  • UN anti-crime agency to help set up police academy in Guinea-Bissau
  • Sudan: UN report cites challenges for north-south peace deal despite progress

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