Czech Republic donates medical equipment to Afghan clinic

Abdul Shakor Qudosi, Bagram District governor, thanks Petr Stepanek, Czech Ambassador to Afghanistan, during the Task Force Manchu Czech-led hospital equipment handover ceremony at the Jirga Center, Bagram Airfield. In the center background are Abdul Musadiq (left), Parwan Province Health Director, and Dr. Khalil Farhangi, Director of Parwan General Hospital located in Charikar. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, U.S. Army Public Affairs)
3 Feb 2019

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic donated 40 beds and other related medical equipment to Afghan medical officials in a ceremony at the Jirga Center, Bagram in January 2019.

Task Force Manchu, a unit of the NATO-led RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission, became aware of the need via its civil military operations officer, 1st Lieutenant Martin Adamcik, Czech Army. Task Force Manchu is comprised of military personnel from the countries of Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, and the United States.

"Task Force Manchu, respectively, and its Civil-Military Operations branch have been constantly trying to track the needs and drawbacks in a civil infrastructure within the Bagram Ground Defense Area,” explained Adamcik. "Task Force Manchu representatives regularly attend meetings with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and local key leaders, in order to discuss multiple issues including development projects, as well as humanitarian assistance”, he added.

TF Manchu conducts area defense operations to maintain the security of Bagram Airfield and to disrupt any potential threats in the surrounding Bagram area in order to protect mission-critical assets. Adamcik said the equipment handover was coordinated by the Czech Embassy in Kabul, himself, and the Czech Joint Operations Center.

40 hospital beds, including mattresses and other equipment was handed over to the representatives of the Parwan General Hospital in Charikar and Bagram Clinic in Bagram, where the equipment will be used. The value of the equipment is about $25,000, Adamcik said.

Other equipment given were arm supports, so patients can pull themselves up/out of bed, as well as ten side rails to secure patients in bed, five wheel chairs, six cabinet/side tables, twelve walkers, three gynecological exam chairs and five other beds.

"This project has been designed to promote and enhance the relationship between coalition forces stationed on Bagram Airfield, Afghan government institutions, Afghan forces and the local population within Bagram Ground Defense Area,” said Adamcik.

"From my personal perspective, building a solid and sustainable relationship with the locals is the way to succeed in the counter-insurgency fight,” he said.

Echoing that was Army Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Gotie, a civil affairs officer at Bagram Airfield. "I look at security force and force protection as a multi-dimensional mission,” said Gotie, who has worked ten years in civil affairs. "So you can’t bring stability and peace with just weapons. You have to look at the aspect of how we can bring peace and stability to places. We’re here to help them and help provide additional services that they would otherwise not potentially have,” she said. "The by-product of what I believe civil-military operations accomplishes is it helps people and people remember kindness. People remember goodness, and they want to hopefully pay it forward,” Gotie explained.

Afghan dignitaries thanked Ambassador Stepanek and NATO-related personnel for their help in securing the hospital equipment.

Major General Safiullah Safi, commander of the Military Police Guard Command, Bagram Airfield, said on behalf of the people of the Parwan Province and Afghanistan they were "very thankful” to the Czech Soldiers for their mission here and that "we will never forget the support given to them.” He also thanked them for their sacrifice Czech Soldiers have made, their time and efforts.

Dr. Khalil Farhangi, director of Parwan General Hospital, pointed out that the Parwan General Hospital currently has 100 beds and sees 1,000 patients monthly. He said that the health sector "is one of the most important sectors for assistance to a nation,” adding that, Afghanistan, as a nation moving towards peace, "needs health care.”
 
Examples of the medical equipment handed over from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to Parwan Province medical officials. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, U.S. Army Public Affairs)Examples of the medical equipment handed over from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to Parwan Province medical officials. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, U.S. Army Public Affairs)
 
A total of 40 hospital beds, arm supports, 10 side rails, five wheel chairs, six cabinet/side tables, 12 walkers, three gynecological exam chairs and five other beds were handed over. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, U.S. Army Public Affairs) A total of 40 hospital beds, arm supports, 10 side rails, five wheel chairs, six cabinet/side tables, 12 walkers, three gynecological exam chairs and five other beds were handed over. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, U.S. Army Public Affairs)
 

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