10 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-031

Medical support reaches remote villages

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – On Monday, ISAF medical teams, accompanied by Afghan doctors and security forces, provided much needed medical support and humanitarian assistance to Afghans residing in some of the remote villages of Paktika and Logar provinces.

In Sarobi district, Paktika province, Afghan National Army (ANA) and ISAF soldiers visited Haji Amir Khan and Khashi villages to provide humanitarian assistance supplies to tribal leaders for distribution. ISAF medics treated approximately 100 men, women and children for symptoms associated with cold, flu and malnutrition who would have otherwise lacked medical care.

Both villages do not have ready access to regular medical support or facilities and the assistance from ISAF troops offers a degree of support otherwise missing.

In Khoshi district, Logar province, Afghan doctors, assisted by ISAF medical personnel from the Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), provided medical treatment for 180 local men, women and children. The Afghan doctors provided the bulk of the medical treatment with the ISAF soldiers distributing medical supplies to the local health department, which were provided by USAID, the United States Agency for International Development. Security throughout was provided by the ANA, with ISAF military police continuing their support to the Afghan National Police by providing some additional training for crowd control and security.

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