Military Officer who rushed to the rescue of a mother and her triplets
A universal proverb says: ‘He who gives blood, saves life’. This proverb was given its true meaning and transformed into reality on 13 May when an UNMIL Military Observer (MILOB), Lt.-Col. Ershad Hossain, voluntarily donated his blood to save Menemon Jarbo, a pregnant Liberian woman who later gave birth to a set of triplets. Menemon and her family will forever remain grateful for this humanitarian gesture demonstrated by this gallant Bangladeshi peacekeeper who truly went beyond the call of dut
Lt.-Col. Ershad is the team leader of MILOB Team Eleven in southeastern Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County. This medical emergency was a case referred from River Gee County to the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru. Relatives of Menemon Jarbo had tried to get a donor with the right blood type, to no avail. Then came this good “Samaritan”: Lt.-Col. Ershad, to their aid. The proud mother and her three babies are presently doing great.
The donor insisted on remaining anonymous, but his noble contribution to save four lives could not remain unheralded. Lt.-Col. Ershad has indeed made himself, the United Nations and his country, Bangladesh, very proud through this singular, voluntary gesture. It is indeed hoped that others would emulate his shining example.
Showering Lt.-Col. Ershad with deserving words of commendation, UNMIL Deputy Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Carl Modey, who is the Chief Military Observer, said: “I hereby salute you on behalf of the entire UNMIL Force and indeed the whole Mission. You really made us all proud and you deserve our special commendation”. General Modey also conveyed to Lt.-Col. Ershad the appreciation and commendation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, and of the Force Commander, Lt.-Gen. ATM Zahirul Alam.