27 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-743

ISAF Admiral reviews progress in Mazar-e-Sharif

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Stability, Dutch Navy Rear Admiral Matthieu Borsboom visited the Mazar-e-Sharif Public Hospital, the ISAF German-run Afghan National Police Training Center, and an ISAF Swedish-run Provincial Reconstruction Team around Mazar-e-Sharif in an effort to review progress in the area.

“There are a lot of needs of course,” said Adm. Borsboom speaking of the hospital, “but you have to look at what they started with and where they want to go. I am very impressed; insurgents destroyed this hospital. Afghan men have put tremendous effort into rebuilding this facility. There is also a lot of training going on for the doctors and nurses. We didn’t see one single outsider. They were all Afghans themselves setting it up, but there are still lots of needs.”

At the ANP Training Center, Adm. Borsboom received a brief from the German Police Project Team, an ISAF unit responsible for the training program and equipment needs of the center. He then reviewed some of the quick-impact projects underway there before speaking directly to a group of ANP officers-in-training.

“You are here to serve your people, Afghans for Afghans, and it’s not easy because in some parts it is very insecure. You stand here shoulder to shoulder to defend against insurgents, Taliban, and also criminals. We at ISAF are convinced it is very important to work on increasing the security and the development and governance of Afghanistan all at once. Thank you for supporting your people.”

Hnanstort Parth, a German military police officer and trainer of the ANP in Mazar-e-Sharif, said of the officers-in-training, “They are very willing to learn and do something here and are very interested in what our military police can teach them. They make progress everyday.”

At the hospital, Adm. Borsboom offered encouragement to residents in a drug rehabilitation unit, which drew a rousing applause from the patients. He met with a group of female doctors and midwives in training, thanking them for their dedication and for offering their many medical skills to the women in the Northern provinces desperate for treatment and care.

Before returning to ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Adm. Borsboom visited an ISAF Swedish-run PRT and sat down with officials at the regional office of the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan for an overview of its initiatives.

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