World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of six Egyptian military doctors arrived in South Sudanese capital Juba on Monday to help treat people wounded in recent political violence.
"We are going to render honorable services to bedridden patients at the [Juba military] hospital," Egyptian Defense Attaché and team leader Dr. Col. Hesham Shawky told reporters at the Juba International Airport.
He said the visit came in line with a recent cooperation agreement penned between Egypt and South Sudan.
"This [the doctors' visit] comes following a recent visit by the South Sudanese defense minister to Egypt, where he met interim President [Adly Mansour]," he said.
Col. Shawky stressed that the visiting doctors were all professionals in their respective fields.
"We have physicians, pediatricians and surgeons. We will be on the ground for two weeks helping patients," he said.
According to the defense attaché, two Egyptian planes carrying humanitarian aid would arrive in Juba next Sunday.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Dr. James Alphonse Kwajok, deputy director of the medical corps of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, hailed the visit by the Egyptian military doctors.
"Their presence at the hospital is welcome, since we were in dire need of specialists. They will work from the early morning and stop at 5pm," he said.
"They will work hand-in-hand with South Sudanese doctors at the military hospital," he added.
Kwajok went on to applaud Egypt for its rapid response to the crisis in South Sudan.
"They [the Egyptians] are going to give us the art of knowledge," he said.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president, Riek Machar, of trying to overthrow his regime.
The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that some one million South Sudanese have already been displaced by the violence.Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2014, 09:34