By Cpl. David Thomas
First published in
SFOR Informer#104, January 10, 2001
Sarajevo - Wedged between the French-Italian heliport
and the German heliport, in Rajlovac, the building seems dilapidated.
Anonymous, nothing seems to differentiate it from the others. Only
a few red crosses distinguish it - but thats an important distinction
This is the largest field hospital in the SFOR Theatre with some 250
German medical personnel working there everyday.
of our priorities is the improvement of this building," said
Doctor Col. Herbert Port, Hospital Director. "Even if it might
be less expensive to build a new hospital." Coming from the Bad
Zwischenahn Military Hospital, 20 km from Bremen, Port also hopes
to get some new operating rooms soon.
with sophisticated equipment, the services of this medical facility
are as varied as in any civilian or military hospital, and are of
paramount importance for SFOR. Rajlovac deals with problems varying
from surgery to ophthalmology. It offers: internal medicine, surgery,
anaesthesia, laboratories and specialised clinics. The Pharmacy is
also used to support the medical stations of other camps in the area
ensure a double diagnosis, the Radiology Service, a five-strong team,
is in permanent touch with Coblentz, the largest military hospital
complex in Germany. The laboratory of bacteriology carries out numerous
studies on the quality of water and food to avoid epidemics.
"A lot of small French city hospitals don't have equipment similar
to this one," underlined Maj. Didier Bergamini, from French DETSOUT
(Logistic Support), which often works in collaboration with Col. Port's
Germany, we have university and civilian establishments to support
us. Here, we have sophisticated equipment because we are the last
stop," explained Medicine Lt. Col. Klaus Ebert, who is in charge
for all emergency business. "We have three different roles: first
of all, we are the German Contingent Hospital, then we serve MND-SE
soldiers and finally COM SFOR. But, in reality we are a section open
to all nationalities."
A score of ambulances are at the disposal of hospital. "We have
six vehicles, including three Fuchs, which contain the emergency material.
The others are simply transport ambulances," said Ebert, who
usually works in Leipzig Hospital.
personnel have another means of transport for emergencies. "During
daylight, our helicopter can move at any time but, at night, helicopters
from the French-Italian heliport take over," stated the Ebert.
On average, 15 patients occupy the buildings. But once 100 people
were admitted at the same time. "We received 250 patients in
three days for a problem of streptococcus, " added Ebert, who
is in Bosnia for the fourth time.
hospital complex carries out approximately 250 operations per annum.
"The most typical cases are: firstly, car accidents, secondly,
military vehicle accidents which leave the road and third of course
problems with mines," explained the leader of emergency room.
all their equipment and their good results, some key personnel shortages
exist. "In fact, 25 doctors are working here. But we are missing
a gynaecologist for example which is quite important given the number
of women serving" underlined Ebert. "In the future, it would
be good for us to become an international hospital with, why not,
the co-orporation of local specialists."
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SFOR at Work