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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“The hospital treats more than 2,000 emergency cases a year in five operating rooms; three which have the outdated machines,” Said stated.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The outdated anesthesia machines can be unsafe for patients, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (Doctor) Heather Yurka said.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)

Pandemic Influenza Workshop

On 3/8/2010 9:24:32 AM Colonel James Welton, U.S. Africa Command wrote:

Ian Clarke, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), talks to participants of a Pandemic Influenza Workshop held February 24-26, 2010, in Honolulu

Ian Clarke, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), talks to participants of a Pandemic Influenza Workshop held February 24-26, 2010, in Honolulu


U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Africa Command, and the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA) partnered with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Program (WFP) to host a Pandemic Influenza Workshop, from 24-26 February in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The workshop included civilian and military participants from 10 Asian and 7 African countries, and the United States and Australia, to collaborate on identifying generic civil-military tasks in response to a pandemic and to produce a generic civil-military coordination planning annex for civilian agencies and military planners to use as a reference in developing their own pandemic and disaster response plans.

Each country brought unique insights from varying government structures and ministerial organizations. The workshop organized into six functional groups to review and produce a task list for a plans annex on how a nation’s military could support civilian agencies in the areas of medical support; transportation and logistics; humanitarian assistance; critical infrastructure support; community interface to include special needs populations, agriculture, food security, and mortuary affairs; and stability and security operations.

The goal of civil-military coordination is to create a unified agreed upon framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating response efforts to a pandemic, or other large scale disasters. Civil-military planning and exercising at the national, province, and district levels will enable all parties to walk through their respective roles and functional responsibilities in accordance with national-level disaster response plans.

The African countries that participated in the workshop were Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Asian countries at the workshop included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. U.S. Africa Command participants were Col Welton, Deputy Director for Programs; Mr. Eric Threet, Pandemic Response Program Manager; Maj Palmer, Operations and Logistics, Medical Division; Maj Gotlewski, Humanitarian and Health Activities Branch; SGM Bispo, Senior Enlisted Leader for Strategy, Plans, and Programs; SFC Fuentes, Outreach Directorate; U.S. Africa Command Liaison to US Agency for International Development, LTC Nancy Jean-Louis; US Africa Command Washington Liaison Office, Ms. Cheryl Barnett; and Maj Rob Holmes, USAF Infectious Disease Specialist, Keesler AFB, MS.

Ten Asian and 7 African countries, the United States and Australia gather in Honolulu February 24-26, 2010, for a Pandemic Influenza Workshop

Ten Asian and 7 African countries, the United States and Australia gather in Honolulu February 24-26, 2010, for a Pandemic Influenza Workshop

http://www.africom.mil/africomDialogue.asp?entry=1053


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