By 1st Lt. Luis Sanchez
First published in
SFOR Informer#115, June 13, 2001
The German medical team at Filipovici provides
medical assistance and is ready to deal with any kind of health
problem; German soldiers know that they can perform their mission
well medically supported.
Filipovici Among the mountainous forest of the
Drina River, the Filipovicis German detachment accomplishes its
mission in the far east of the German area of responsibility (AOR)
in Multinational Division - Southeast (MND-SE). They are not alone,
with them their medical team is deployed.
Our role is to provide the same medical level for German soldiers
here as they have in Germany, stressed Dr. (Maj.) Christian Thielert-Kluzit,
medical station commander.
Being a doctor in a small camp is not an easy job; like rural
medics, they are the first medical levels. Therefore their job
is of paramount importance, overall in emergency cases, even if
behind them there is the German Field Hospital in Rajlovac. (SFOR
Informer no. 104).
at the centre of the camp, a big, red cross distinguishes one
portable cabin from the others. At its side, ambulances are ready
to evacuate if necessary and 100 metres away there is a helipad,
where a MEDEVAC helicopter (CH-53 Stallion) from the field hospital
can land to evacuate emergency cases.
Inside, six highly qualified staff take care of the German soldiers
health, organised into two operational teams composed of an officer
doctor, one medical assistant (one NCO with three years training)
and an ambulance driver. There is always one on duty, engaged
in medical tasks, and the other on standby, they carry out their
jobs daily. During the day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., the doctor
treats an average of five to 10 patients visiting the medical
post, four can be admitted at the same time. The rest of the duty
period they are prepared to respond to medical situations. The
common cases are allergies, colds and insects stings. We have
an operation theatre we may use if necessary, emergency cases
are evacuated by helicopter, explained physician Capt. Matthias
international organisations such as the International Police Task
Force (IPTF) request medical help for local inhabitants and, after
obtaining approval, the German team assists.
As a detached team of the German Field Hospital and despite the
distance, about 70 kilometres, once per week they are supplied
with medicines and any other medical material, they lack nothing.
Three ambulances are at the disposal of the medical station. One
is a Fuchs (German APC) equipped with an emergency unit capable
of carrying two casualties from an emergency situation, another
is a truck with special equipment, one electric shock and oxygen
equipment, in addition it can transport four casualties, the last
is a common truck ambulance, Bauer said. We are always in contact
by radio with German units when patrolling our AOR, which guarantees
recovery by using the Fuchs or the truck ambulance, he concluded.
Nations of SFOR: Germany,
SFOR at Work