His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army, on Tuesday followed up on a medical evacuation exercise, titled “Knights of the Healing”, which was carried out by the Royal Medical Services, Petra News Agency reported.
The drill is to test the readiness of the medical plans in the operations and medical support lines, and the measures taken for evacuation of the injured as well as carrying out simulated medical and administrative evacuation operations.
Arriving at the training field, King Abdullah was welcomed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, Lt. General Mahmoud Freihat, Director General of Royal Medical Services, Major General Mo’en Al Habashneh, and Senior Officers of the Armed Forces and Royal Medical Services.
The drill featured a virtual attack on a border village located near a military unit, resulting in several injuries, where the battalion’s combat medics rushed to attend to the wounded.
His Majesty and the Officers watched the evacuation of the casualties to the battalion’s site, at which stage the injuries are assessed so that the medical teams can determine the degree of risk for each injury until they are evacuated to the hospital in the next stage.
During the exercise, the King witnessed the evacuation of the newly arrived injuries at a 26-bed surgical dressing station, which was introduced into service recently and includes admission and classification rooms, two operating theaters, an intensive care unit, intensive admission and evacuation sections.
During the drill, injuries were evacuated to the Special Field Hospital/6, which entered the service three years ago as a gift from the supreme commander to the Royal Medical Services. It consists of 12 fully-equipped and state-of-the-art sections with a capacity of 50 beds, an emergency ward, intensive care unit, radiology, Dental clinics, specialty clinics, preterm infants, and patient admission. The field hospital also includes a water desalination plant, a medical oxygen plant and four electricity generators, and is fully air conditioned.
The Supreme Commander also watched the medical teams’ response to a chemical attack on a site, where medics practiced disinfection of wounds at a special station.
Before the exercise got underway, Major General Habashneh delivered a speech in which he said that the medical evacuation exercise reflects the Royal Medical Services’ advancement in the field and ways and means of dealing with emergencies, including attending to the wounded, by using up-to-date methods and medical skills.