Rwanda Military Hospital-Kanombe, yesterday, opened a medical simulation centre that will help equip military personnel with necessary skills to save the lives of peacekeepers injured while on missions.

According to Brig Gen Dr Emmanuel Ndahiro, the commandant of Rwanda Military Hospital, the facility will equip the military personnel with rescue skills to quickly help injured peacekeepers deployed in conflict zones.

The facility has three areas; Skills Lab I which uses mannequins for manual techniques when examining and treating the human body; and Skills Lab II, where a computerised simulator gives commands to the mannequin.

Skills Lab II can simulate the mannequin to bleed, breath, have a cardiac attack among others. Medics carry out all operations on it to become familiar with taking care of the injured.

The last area is a conference room where the trainees meet and discuss treatment after training.

A few military medical personnel have already undergone an intensive training-of-trainers course from American experts and will, starting from this week, begin training their colleagues.

Dr Ndahiro said their mission is to look after their troops, wherever they are deployed in conflict zones.

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