SAF teams have done well: Defence minister

SAF teams have done well: Defence minister

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will wind down its operations in Nepal during the weekend as requested by the Nepalese authorities, according to Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen.

Mr Ng added that the SAF will also hand back recovery efforts to Nepal.

He posted on his Facebook page that he had conversed with Colonel Lim Kwang Tang, Director of the RHCC, via telephone call on the progress of the relief efforts.

Colonel Lim said that everyone in Nepal were "in high spirits". He added that Singapore's medical teams have been working hard and that "there (are) no complaint(s), because they knew they have made a lot of difference to the people here."

The SAF has attended to 2,560 patients since beginning its operations, accounting for more than 300 patients daily.

Colonel Lim also told Mr Ng that that the Multinational Military Coordination Centre has been stabilised and is now transiting into the rehabilitation stage.

Mr Ng commended the SAF teams for their selflessness: "Our SAF teams have done well. We are proud of them for their selfless work in helping our Nepalese friends. Our thoughts remain with the Nepalese as they start to rebuild their lives."

The SAF had previously deployed planes, 15 medical personnel, and representatives from the Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (RHCC), on Apr 26 to provide relief efforts.

debwong@sph.com.sg

Here is the Facebook post from Mr Ng Eng Hen

<<"Everyone here in high spirits" - SAF in Nepal>>Spoke to COL Lim Kwang Tang, Director of the Changi Regional HADR...

Posted by Ng Eng Hen - Defence Minister on Thursday, May 7, 2015
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