Twenty persons have benefited from the Bangladeshi Medicare Team (BANMED-7) training program as part of the civil military cooperation of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Trainees for the 6-week comprehensive course in First Aid and Medicare were selected from various communities in Bong County.
Speaking at closing ceremony, Brigadier General Mozammel Hossian, UNMIL Sector Three Commander stressed that the training was initiated by the Bangladeshi contingent medical team as a means of strengthening the capacity of the locals (trainees) in dealing with first AID situation, especially where in most instances, medical personnel are not available to respond to emergency circumstances.
General Hossain indicated that the Bangladeshi contingent of UNMIL remains supportive to the post conflict recovery process here, through specialized intervention in building the expertise of Liberians charged with the responsibility of rebuilding their country.
“With the professional training offered by the UNMIL men, beneficiaries of the training will have to ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired be a benefit to the communities they came from; instead of making the six weeks training process a meaningless venture,” he advised.
He noted that the Bangladeshi will shortly launch an anti rape training programme in Bong County.
The Bangladeshi General noted that the contingent has realized the compelling initiative geared toward minimizing the alarming rape situation in the various communities despite concerted efforts by various groups against this inhumane practice.
He averred that under the program, volunteers would be trained to create awareness about the danger and consequences associated with rape in the various communities in Bong County
He expressed optimism of realizing result in the anti rape campaign, which he believes, will help minimize the alarming rate of rape cases and help to save the future of minors who are normally the main victims of such situation because of their vulnerability.
He said statistics obtained from the Phebe hospital and other medical facilities on a monthly basis clearly show that rape cases were on the increase.
In a word of appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Bangladeshi contingent in providing support to the locals, Josephus Dormeyan, Administrative Assistant to Bong County Superintendent, praised the peace keepers for the enormous contribution made in the county towards human resource development.
He indicated that since the assignment of the contingent in Bong County nearly six years ago, it has worked assiduously not only to keep the peace, but also to build the capacity of Bong County Citizens.
The superintendent’s administrative Assistant also mentioned the rehabilitation of roads in the county as one of the key areas the peace keepers have contributed.
He said the county leadership remains supportive of the activities of UNMIL in general to ensure that the country remains on its peaceful footing following years of instability and destruction.