M'sian field hospital in Cox's Bazar to continue operating until 2021

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The Malaysian field hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh will extend its operation until Dec 2021, said Chief of Defence Force Gen Affendi Buang.

He said the matter had been agreed by the government because the hospital had received recognition from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the best, most equipped and most trusted Level Three field hospital in Cox’s Bazar.

“Apart from that, the hospital has become the referral hospital in the district since its operation.

“To date, the Malaysian field hospital has treated over 97,000 patients and carried out more than 3,520 operations, which have saved thousands of lives in the country,” he said in his speech at the sending-off ceremony of the Op Starlight 5 team at Wisma Perwira yesterday.

The team, comprising 56 personnel, led by Col Dr Mohamed Zaki Mohamed Mokhtar, departed for Cox's Bazar last night to take over from the Op Starlight 4 team.

“Op Starlight 5 team comprises eight medical experts, seven medical officers and 41 medical staff.

“The team will depart in two stages, on Feb 20 and 28,” Mohamed Zaki told reporters.

\- Bernama