Afghanistan: Kandahar provincial reconstruction team conducts village medical outreach in Sha Wali Kot district

Release #2006-296

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - 22 November 2006. The Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) conducted a village medical outreach patrol on Sunday at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Martello in the Sha Wali Kot District of Kandahar Province.

Three Afghan physicians and one Afghan dentist provided medical treatment to 137 patients. The PRT provided the medical supplies and escorted the physicians during the two-and-a-half hour patrol of the area.

"It's really important that they see that it's Afghan doctors who are actually providing the medical care," said PRT Civil Military Cooperation Operator Sgt. Nicky Bascon. "It shows the people here that their own government is helping them out."

As well as providing medical care, the PRT also donated firewood, generators and a gasoline-powered water pump, as well as dolls for the children. More village medical outreach patrols are planned in the Sha Wali Kot District in the near future.

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