30 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-346

Village Medical Outreach now possible in Sangin

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – In two-and-a-half weeks the new Village Medical Outreach program in Sangin has treated almost 2,000 Afghans and is a sign of things to come in Helmand province, said the region’s military commander for International Security Assistance Force.

“For the last six months, I have witnessed steady progress in the south,” said Maj. Gen. Ton van Loon, Regional Command-South commander. “The fact that so many Afghans have come to us for assistance during these VMOs is tangible evidence of this progress.

“I am very optimistic that (Operation) Achilles continues to deliver the results we intended.  It will not be too long now before we will be in a position to bring our focus elsewhere in the south,” he added.

VMO medical personnel are treating local villagers’ afflictions, mostly dehydration, sore backs and knees, and skin problems.

Medical treatments range from handing out vitamins to performing minor dental surgery.  Further, these interactions with the Sangin people provide medical teams insight into the health conditions of the local population.  Medical officials can use this to assess where improvements are needed most.

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