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