A field hospital has been opened at the 137th military unit of Mongolian Armed Forces located in the territory of Nalaikh district, Ulaanbaatar
. Training demonstrating to quickly be able to deliver medical services to civilians in a case of earthquake or nationwide disaster and emergency scenarios were being held at the field hospital.
According to the Standing Council, for prevention from earthquake disaster, reducing risk of disaster, facilitating preparedness, linking and coordinating operations of correspondent professional organizations, it was made a recommendation to establish a stand-by military field hospital that will operate in disaster moments. Thus, Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the State Emergency Commission (SEC), M.Enkhbold got acquainted with preparedness of the Ministry of Defense and the General Headquarter of Mongolian Armed Forces within the recommendation.
According to officials, a military aerodrome built in 1972 in the territory of Nalaikh district has been renovated; a platform with subsidence has been repaired making it possible for landing airplanes for two-ways.
Moreover, a complete lighting work worth of 1.5 billion MNT has been done to light 2,800 m long and 40 m wide aerodrome and its surrounding areas, also a construction work to build an aero terminal with a capacity to receive 100-150 passengers at the same time has started. The Aerodrome can also be used for civilian services in non emergency peace times.
Management of complied organizations have informed that the preparedness of a military field hospital to deliver emergency medical service and aid to approximately 10-15 thousand people during potential disaster or emergency states has been satisfied.
The hospital that had been dealing with disasters during mining accidents in Nalaikh district and Khutul town of Selenge aimag
in 1990 and 1991, now opened with 240 beds with a capacity to receive 5 thousand patients in one month, 800 patients per day and to operate surgery to 50 people in a day.
The main priorities of the hospital are to operate surgery, deliver psychotherapy, deal with infectious diseases and provide with recovery emergency services in potential disaster or emergency cases. The hospital possesses 38 fully equipped emergency vehicles which out of it 29 are up on service at the moment.
Further, more funding is needed in expanding the hospital and in facilitating permanent operational readiness. More specifically a requisite capital of 1 billion MNT on improving techniques and equipments and enlarging its operations needs to be solved by the 2nd quarter of next year, 2013. Besides, the Ministry of Defense and the General Headquarter of Mongolian Armed Forces requested the Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the State Emergency Commission (SEC), M.Enkhbold to assist in reflecting the 18 million USD in the 2014 state budget
for purchasing special purposed vehicles for the mobile field hospital is the utmost importance.