Sat Dec 31, 2016 09:54PM
A screen grab for footage published by RT on December 31, 2016 showing a Russian mobile hospital in Syria.
A screen grab for footage published by RT on December 31, 2016 showing a Russian mobile hospital in Syria.
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Russia has given Syria a specially-designed hospital which can be airlifted to wherever needed along with other medical equipment and medicine stockpiles.

The head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s international affairs department, Aleksand Romanov, signed the necessary papers for the legal transfer of the hospital on Saturday.

The 60-bed hospital was dispatched in Aleppo in November. Since then it has treated some 1,500 patients. It is made up of 16 medical and technical pods, 22 connector and gateway modules and can deal with 200 patients a day.

A screen grab for footage published by RT on December 31, 2016 showing a Russian mobile hospital in Syria.  

It also sports three surgery rooms and an intensive care unit, plus docks for regular patient treatment and diagnostics along with living quarters for the medical staff.

Over the last few days, Syrian doctors and medical personnel have been receiving training on how to operate and deploy the facility which has inflatable elements, autonomous utilities, and other equipment which permits it to be swiftly relocated and deployed.

On December 22, the Syrian army announced that Aleppo has fully returned to government control after the last batch of civilians and militants were evacuated from the city, the military has been scouring former militant-held neighborhoods for explosives and mines.

Some 35,000 people, including both civilians and militants, were moved out of eastern Aleppo, according to the latest UN figures. The world body had also deployed 31 observers to oversee the last stages of the evacuations.

Aleppo’s liberation is seen as a crushing blow to the militants and their foreign supporters, who have been actively working to topple the Damascus government since March 2011.