16 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-189

Medical Outreach mission takes place in Ghorak

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – An ISAF team composed of 50 members of the U.S. 1st-508th Infantry, currently operating in the Ghorak District as part of Operation Achilles, conducted a Village Medical Outreach mission yesterday morning to assist the local population.  The exact location of this medical outreach Clinic cannot be revealed due to fears of retaliation against the local population by Taliban extremists in the area.

“I am very proud to say that ISAF soldiers under my command here in Southern Afghanistan are rising to the challenge of operating in both a combat and humanitarian role but, more importantly, by providing hope to the people of Afghanistan who have been the victims of abuse and intimidation from Taliban extremists,” stated Major General Ton van Loon, commander of ISAF Regional Command South. "It is heartwarming to see how well ISAF troops are being welcomed by locals throughout southern Afghanistan, and this is certainly a clear indication of progress,” he added.

The main purposes of medical outreach missions are to conduct assessments of the medical needs of the population and to provide assistance where ISAF has the capability to do so. During this medical outreach mission, local Afghans living in this remote part of the country received first aid for minor ailments and stomach aches and indigestion. In addition to receiving basic medical care, hygiene and first aid kits were also distributed.

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