20 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-055

PRT runs three-day VETCAP in Panjshir province

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A multi-service medical and veterinarian team from Regional Command-East set up operations at four locations in Panjshir province Monday through Wednesday, treating more than 2,100 animals.

ISAF soldiers from the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion conducted the Veterinarian Civic Action Programme (VETCAP), in coordination with the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and provincial officials who determined which districts had the greatest need for assistance.

The VETCAP visited the villages of Dara, Bazarak, Froj and Rohka, where, in addition to the large livestock treated, the team also de-wormed dogs, chickens, a hawk, and a pigeon. All the assistance and vaccinations were provided by the PRT, free of charge. The team also distributed leaflets to educate the villagers on the benefits of preventative healthcare for their animals.

“Livestock is tremendously important in Panjshir as in all of Afghanistan. These visits help the locals keep their animals in good shape and also show them that their government and ISAF are here to give them a hand,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Neal Kringel, Panjshir PRT commander.

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