By Flt Lt Elizabeth Salifu

The 85th Ghanaian Battalion of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL GHANBATT 85) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Fiifi Deegbe, has made donations to the Yaa Asantewaa Ward of the 37 Military Hospital and the Arakan Medical Reception Station (MRS), at Burma Camp.

The donations, on 12th and 19th September, 2019 respectively, were aimed at providing assistance to some institutions and individuals, as part of GHANBATT 85’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, with such items as 4 wheelchairs, 24 bed sheets, pillow cases, 5 BP machines, 4 stethoscopes and a pack of electronic thermometer.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, the Chief Nursing Officer (Matron) – Colonel Osei Vowortor, expressed her gratitude to the Battalion for the kind gesture and noted that the items would go a long way to improve upon the quality of health care for patients.

At the Arakan Medical Reception Station in Burma Camp, the Battalion donated 2 air conditioners (2.5HP) and 50-inch television set, and the Nursing Officer in Charge (NOIC) – Lt Col Owusu-Aidoo, receiving the gifts, also thanked the Battalion for the donation and added that she would inform higher command of the kind gesture.

UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 also went a step further to make cash donations to some individuals and military churches within Accra, and the Battalion plans to end the donations by donating to the Asutsuare MRS.

The CO, who is also the CO for 64 Infantry Regiment, was accompanied by the GHANBATT Chaplain, Major Cynthia Kumitse, some Officers, the Regimental Sergeant Major, Senior Warrant Officer Owusu Clifford and some Men and Women of the Battalion.

Background

As part of Ghana’s contribution to international peace and security, UNIFIL GHANBATT 85, with the nucleus being the 64 Infantry Regiment, under the command of Lt Col Fiifi Deegbe, arrived in Lebanon on 30 June 2018, to begin a one year tour of peacekeeping duty in Southern Lebanon, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701.

The contingent carried out several operational activities, such as conducting patrols along the Blue Line (the United Nations recognised line of withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Force from Lebanon), capacity building and support to the Lebanese Armed Forces and other governmental institutions.

Over the period, the battalion also carried out several humanitarian activities such as donations, medical and dental outreaches, teaching assistance among others.

UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 ended its tour of duty successfully in July 2019 and since its arrival in Ghana, has made some donations and embarked on a number of charity programmes, as part of its CSR programme towards individuals, institutions and organisations.

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