Medical care falls short for Chinese peacekeepers on UN mission front lines

Soldiers and police put lives on the line on UN missions, but lack of medicines and proper care makes job more difficult
Soldiers and police put lives on the line on UN missions, but lack of medicines and proper care makes job more difficult

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Questions are being asked about the quality of medical care being provided to Chinese peacekeepers serving on UN missions around the world.

People’s Liberation Army soldier Zhang Kegong, who spent 16 months as a peacekeeper in Liberia, said medicines were hard to find in the West African country and medical equipment even scarcer. If a peacekeeper fractured a bone, the lack of an X-ray machine could necessitate their evacuation to a neighbouring country for treatment.

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SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.