AFRICOM Donates Equipment and Mobile Field Hospital to Kenya Border Police

The new equipment is aimed at improving police mobility around the country’s border areas, build training capacity for new officers, and boost firearms proficiency.

The U.S. Africa Command on Thursday donated mobile field hospital worth Sh173 million and transferred an additional Sh131 million in vehicles and training gears to Kenya’s Border Police Unit (BPU).

The new equipment is aimed at improving police mobility around the country’s border areas, build training capacity for new officers, and boost firearms proficiency.

U.S Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter.

The embassy further said it will deliver superior conventional weaponry for the police unit to protect and defend Kenyans from terrorist organisations and violence.

The Field hospitals are specially designed to be moved and assembled even in remote locations.  It can hold between 30 to 40 patients for full medical and operational needs in any condition.

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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter noted that the donation is an affirmation of the steadfast health and security partnership between USA and Kenya in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

“These state of the art, fully equipped, portable medical facilities can be rapidly deployed to the scene of a disaster or where residents do not have access to routine health care,” the embassy added.

The United States donates over Sh60 billion given annually to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in the last 15 years and an additional Sh7.6 billion in equipment, training, and other resources to fight COVID-19 in Kenya since the start of the pandemic.

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Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon

Earlier in November, the United States Department of Defense through the U.S. Africa Command AFRICOM provided personal protective equipment worth N55,330,000 to Nigeria to support COVID-19 prevention in military and civilian medical facilities in five major cities including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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