Uruguayan Bell 212 MedEvac Mission in Congo
A member of "Doctors Without Borders" in the Congo Democratic Republic suffered a heart attack and was evacuated by Uruguayan peacekeepers taking part of United Nations MONUSCO Mission
Uruguay Air Force, May 11, 2018 - On May 10, a medical evacuation was carried out by the air unit of the Uruguayan Air Force deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (URUAVU) from Kigulube to Kavumu.
Late in the afternoon, the service crew was ordered to move to the town of Kigulube to carry out the transfer of a member of "Doctors without Borders" who was suffering a heart attack.
The mission classified as "medium risk" required that the assigned helicopter, in addition to being configured for sanitary, be armed with lateral weapons for self-defense.
The Bell 212, registration UNO-851, took off from the Kavumu airport at 16:30 hours to the town of Kingulube with a medical team from Pakistan and under adverse weather conditions. Once there, the patient was received and transferred to the town of Kavumu, where he was referred to a health center.
The mission not only ended successfully, but also earned the Unit, the congratulations of the Chief of Military Aviation of the UN in the Congo Mr. Jeremia Barnard.
This type of mission and the preparation of our troops once again enhance the commitment and prestige of the Uruguayan Air Force.