Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Commandant DFMH Brig. George Ejalan and Senior Military Officers in a group photo at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital
His Excellency Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursday, 16 August 2018 visited the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital (DFMH) in Nairobi.
On arrival, the SRCC was received by the DFMH Commandant Brigadier George Ejalan who appraised him on the KDF referral hospital. The SRCC was later taken on a tour of various facilities in the hospital, including the laboratory, the renal unit, the Intensive Care Unit, the radiology department and the male casualty wards.
At the wards, Amb Madeira shared words of encouragement with servicemen who served in Somalia, while at the same time expressing his gratitude for their service and wished them quick recovery. He also awarded them gifts and presented cards with messages of quick recovery.
Later in his address, Amb Madeira termed the visit as part of his third quarter visit that he regularly makes to referral hospitals where AMISOM soldiers are hospitalized after facing challenges on the battlefront. He commended the equipment upgrade at DFMH and noted that the government is continuing to invest and improve the capacity and quality of services.
“This KDF referral hospital has touched me in a particular manner; I see the effort that the government is putting in ensuring that KDF personnel in operations and their families benefit from the best medical treatment,” said the Ambassador.
He expressed appreciation for the work the Government of Kenya is undertaking in ensuring peace and stability not only in Somalia but also to the region.
“My coming here has to do with the fact that we not only appreciate the work of our soldiers when we are in the battle front but we need to prove to them that we care very much about them, even when they fall or get injured and the best way to do that is to come and see them; to see how they are fairing on even as they lie in bed,” added the SRCC.
He found the reduced number of patients at the DFMH an encouragement, adding that AMISOM and KDF are improving ways of how handling the enemy in the battlefield and the way they protect their peace enforcers.
“We are not just exposing the peace enforcers to danger anymore, but we make sure that when they go to face the enemy, they have proper gear that makes them come out in one piece and that’s why there are not many here,” noted Amb Madeira.
In his conclusion, the Head of AMISOM thanked the Commandant for giving him the opportunity to visit DFMH and for showing him around.
“Thank you for allowing me to interact with our soldiers and other patients not necessarily AMISOM patients. Thank you too for your hospitality and friendship. Please convey my message to the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and others whom I have a lot of respect for,” concluded the SRCC.
On the visit with the SRCC were the AMISOM Force Medical Officer Dr Benson Mandishona and Admin Officer Ms Harriet Byarugaba. The DFMH commandant was accompanied by the DFMH Commanding Officer Lt Col Abdulhakim Amin and the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Lt Col John Mnajalla, among other senior staff and medical officers.
Commandant DFMH Brig. George Ejalan welcomes SRCC Amb. Francisco Madeira during his visit to the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital
Major Peter Biwott briefs Amb. Madeira on various laboratory sections and their functions at DFMH
Sgt Samuel Macharia who has served under AMISOM receives a gift from Amb. Madeira during his tour of DFMH.
His Exellency Amb. Madeira consoles KDF family members at the DFMH during the ward tour
(L – R) Dr. Benson Mandishona, Medical Officer AMISOM, SRCC Amb. Fransisco Madeira and Commandant DFMH Brig. George Ejalan during a brief after the tour of the wards