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Coalition Forces Provide Medical Care in Afghan Village

American Forces Press Service

A coalition doctor examines a boy’s injured foot at a medical engagement April 27, 2008, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. U.S. Army photo

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 1, 2008 – A coalition medical team conducted medical screenings and provided routine treatment to 65 local citizens, including 25 children, in the Kama district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province April 27.

Working with local leaders, the team set up a temporary treatment facility at a school in Mer Zert Kheyl village, while Afghan National Police and coalition forces provided security.

The team treated citizens suffering from various health conditions ranging from digestive disorders and eye problems to joint pain. In addition to the medical screenings and treatment, the coalition forces also provided free flour, rice and milk to the citizens.

A coalition medic treats a boy’s facial injury at a medical engagement April 27, 2008, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. U.S. Army photo

“I found helping the Afghan people to be a rewarding experience,” said one servicemember who participated in the medical treatment operation. “Throughout almost 30 years of war and strife, the Afghans have remained proud and strong. It was a privilege to help them stay strong and healthy.”

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 101 news release.)

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