Medical assistance provided for 811 Afghans in Shewan District

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Written by Bagram Media Center Saturday, 01 September 2007 23:30

 

Medical assistance provided for 811 Afghans in Shewan Distric

 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces advised by Coalition Forces brought medical and material assistance to Afghan civilians in Shewan city, Farah Province, August 30. The medical assistance engagement was made possible after a large-scale ANSF movement forced insurgents to flee the city.  Prior to the operation, Shewan was considered the most Taliban infested area in the Farah Province.  Almost all of the medical treatment was provided by local Afghan doctors.“We announced the MEDCAP in the days leading up to the event, and minutes after we started, we already had about 150 people waiting to be treated,” said a Coalition officer who was having conversations with local nationals to gauge public thoughts and feelings.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces advised by Coalition Forces brought medical and material assistance to Afghan civilians in Shewan city, Farah Province, August 30.

The medical assistance engagement was made possible after a large-scale ANSF movement forced insurgents to flee the city.  Prior to the operation, Shewan was considered the most Taliban infested area in the Farah Province.  Almost all of the medical treatment was provided by local Afghan doctors.

“We announced the MEDCAP in the days leading up to the event, and minutes after we started, we already had about 150 people waiting to be treated,” said a Coalition officer who was having conversations with local nationals to gauge public thoughts and feelings.

The team of Afghan doctors treated 811 villagers; including 235 men and 576 women and children during the one-day program. Common complaints were musculo-skeletal pain, upset stomach, and dehydration.

“I can’t believe the turnout today,” said Dr. Darishyar, a Farah Province surgical doctor. “Shewan is becoming a safer place. I enjoy this and look forward to helping my countrymen again.”

Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Police officers provided security for the event.  Before patients could be examined, they were registered into a national citizen database and were scanned for dangerous items.

“I really wanted to do this job today,” said one ANA soldier. “It makes me happy when we can give things to people who really need it.  This kind of event is why I’m happy to be in the ANA.”

Overall, Coalition and Afghan leaders alike dubbed the event a success. More medical engagements are planned for the future as well as various civil affairs projects.

“ANSF and Coalition cooperation with Afghan civilians signals a bright future for the people of Shewan,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a CJTF-82 spokesperson. “Residents can look forward to additional support from the government and seeing their city grow and develop to be one of the best in Afghanistan.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2007 16:25