The 85th Ghanaian Battalion of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL GHANBATT 85), has made donations to some institutions following their return from peacekeeping duties.

The donations were made to the Yaa Asantewaa Ward of the 37 Military Hospital and the Arakan Medical Reception Station at Burma Camp both in Accra, on September 12 and 19, respectively.

The donations are aimed at assisting beneficiary institutions and individuals, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme of members of the UNIFIL GHANBATT 85.

Items donated at the Yaa Asantewaa Ward included four wheelchairs, 24 bedsheets and pillowcases, five BP machines, four stethoscopes and a pack of electronic thermometer.

GHANBATT 85 Donations

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.

She 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 two air conditioners (2.5HP) and 50-inch television set.

The Nursing Officer in Charge, Lt Col Owusu-Aidoo, also thanked the Battalion for the donation and added that she would inform higher command of the kind gesture.

GHANBATT 85 Donations

UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 also went a step further to make cash donations to some individuals and military churches within Accra.

The Battalion plans to end the charity activities by donating to the Asutsuare Medical Reception Station.

The Commanding Officer, Lt Col Fiifi Deegbe, 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, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Ghana Battalion 85 (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 several charity programmes as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme towards individuals, institutions and organisations.

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