13 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-480

ISAF MEDCAP treats more than 600 patients

KABUL, Afghanistan - An ISAF and Coalition sponsored Medical Civil Affairs Program (MEDCAP) recently treated more than 600 patients from Kabul and the rural areas of Musahy and Char Asiab.

Medical and security forces personnel from the Italian contingent, along with military personnel from Regional Command-Capital, conducted the MEDCAP. Doctors treated people suffering from malnutrition, gastric problems, joint pains and cold symptoms.

As part of a joint security operation, the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) and Kabul City Police (KCP) assisted with security for the MEDCAP, allowing ISAF and Coalition personnel to focus on providing medical care. After patients were treated and provided with medicine, they were offered clothing, shoes and toys donated from various charity organizations in Italy. 

“This type of activity provides the local people with a service that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to get,” said Italian Army Lieutenant Gaia Gullo, a medical officer who coordinated the event. “Medical care in Afghanistan is often poor at best. If we can help people, while showing them that we really do care, it becomes a win-win situation. This really is a ‘hearts and minds’ type of scenario.”

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/