Argentine Air Force Mobile Field Hospital

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The Argentine Air Force Mobile Field Hospital (Spanish: Hospital Reubicable de la Fuerza Aérea ) is a field hospital operated by the Argentine Air Force. It is one of three health centers of its kind worldwide.[1]

Description[edit]

The unit has a 64-member staff personnel between militaries and civilians and is made up to 14 containers Pictorial which when they are all assembled together they occupy 360 m2. Fourteen flights of C-130 Hercules aircraft are needed to fully deploy the Hospital.[2]

Among the services provided by the Hospital are surgeries, odontology, pharmacy, etc. The Hospital has its own laboratory, water purification plant and power generation engine.[3]

Thanks to its isolation, the construction can withstand temperatures from -15 to 40 Celsius and can endure harsh tremors as demonstrated to remain operational after the earthquake of January 2010 in Haiti.[4]

Deployments[edit]

2010 Haiti earthquake[edit]

Main article: 2010 Haiti earthquake

On January 12, 2010 while deployed at Port-au-Prince serving as medical facility for MINUSTAH troops the hospital was the only one still opened following the earthquake treating nearly 1,000 people on the first night[9][10]

Both U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton congratulated Argentina for the Hospital quick response in the first critical hours after the earthquake [11] The same did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Buenos Aires on 1 March 2010 [12]

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Coordinates: 18°34′42″N 72°16′33″W / 18.57844°N 72.27593°W / 18.57844; -72.27593