Sri Lankan contingent in South Sudan awarded UN medals
The first-ever medal parade of the United Nations Mission in South
Sudan (UNMISS) at the new SRIMED Level 2 Hospital, managed by the Sri
Lankan contingent in Bor, South Sudan, was held recently during a
The first-ever medal parade of UNMISS at the new hospital in Bor,
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The medical staff of the hospital, together with the engineering
platoon, deployed for construction of the hospital received the UN Medal
in appreciation of their valuable contribution to the global peace and
security under the UN flag.
The medical contingent from Sri Lanka was deployed in South Sudan to
establish a Level 2 Hospital in Jonglei State, following successful
negotiations Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa
and the Commander of the Army, Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake have had with the
The hospital, equipped with medical accessories, taken to South Sudan
from Sri Lanka, has come in for appreciation of the UN leadership as
well as the local and the international community for its modern
facilities and high level of professionalism within a very short period,
opening up various new avenues for Sri Lanka Army in the sphere of
The medal awarding ceremony was held under the patronage of UNMISS
state coordinator for Jonglei State Ms Hazel De Wet and with the
presence of military commanders and other distinguished guests in the
UNMISS compound at Bor on the invitation of the Commanding officer, Lt.
Col. Saveen Semage.
The chief guest was presented with a Guard Turnout and a Guard of
Honour. Later an All Ranks lunch was held with the Commanding officer
and all the staff.
The newly-built hard walled radiology department of the hospital was
also opened by the chief guest on the same day at the invitation of the
Sri Lankan contingent.
The UN assignment in South Sudan for the Sri Lankan contingent is of
special significance since it was the first medical contingent to have
served a UN assignment.