SANDF has no funds for life-saving field hospitals

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SANDF has no funds for life-saving field hospitals

It's so bad the 7 Medical Battalion Group has to borrow two of them for deployed soldiers

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) doesn’t have a budget to purchase three life-saving field hospitals for their soldiers deployed in foreign missions, a situation that has been described as “beyond irresponsible”.

This has led to the 7 Medical Battalion Group, a specialised airborne medical unit in the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS), to borrow two mobile field hospitals from other army units. It needed these for SA’s Special Forces in Tanzania and in Hluhluwe National Park in KwaZulu-Natal, where a Special Forces exercise was under way.

The 7 Medical Battalion unit serves the Special Forces and the 44 Parachut Battalion...

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