9 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-029

First Afghan doctors complete ISAF medical training programme

KABUL, Afghanistan – Yesterday, a ceremony was held for the first five Afghan doctors to complete a new ISAF medical training programme run by the Greek hospital at Kabul International Airport.

The doctors, all of whom are volunteers from hospitals in and around Kabul, began the course on 2 December 2006 and have now successfully completed six sessions of theoretical and practical civilian medical training. The course is aimed at training doctors in a range of skills including casualty assessment, wound care and triage planning, in order for them to establish training programmes at their respective hospitals. The programme has been strongly supported by the Ministry of Pubic Health (MoPH) who, with the help of ISAF, are working towards building the capacity of the civilian health sector.

Dr Muhebullah Nijaat, Director of Curative Medicine at the MoPH, Major Eleni Papanastasiou, the Greek hospital deputy commander and Colonel (Dr) Martin Bricknell, Medical Advisor at HQ ISAF all attended the ceremony. Each of the graduating doctors was presented with a certificate and a training package. During his speech, Col Bricknell noted, “This event marks another important step towards ISAF’s contribution in supporting the MoPH to improve health care for the people of Afghanistan.”

Due to the success of this first course additional courses have been planned between ISAF and MoPH not only in Kabul, but also in other regions of Afghanistan.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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