Australian Medical Task Force Welcomed Home From Pakistan

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MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545



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Friday, 29 October 2010


AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL TASK FORCE WELCOMED HOME

FROM PAKISTAN


Seventy ADF members of the Australian Medical Task Force (AMTF) deployed to Pakistan

since September have returned home today (Friday 29 October).


At a welcome home ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley the main ADF body of the AMTF

completed their last official duties after an almost 10 week long operation. 


Senator David Feeney, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, praised the effort of the AMTF

in providing assistance to Pakistan during the crisis. 

“The Australian government and the Australian people are very appreciative of the dedication

and skill you have brought to the great work you have been doing for the distressed people of

Pakistan. You have upheld the best traditions of the ADF and of Australia. You have added to

Australia’s high reputation in the countries of our region,” Senator Feeney said.

AusAID Team Leader, Mr Thanh Le said that most of the displaced people in the flood-

affected Kot Addu area have returned to their homes, marking the end of the need for primary

medical aid.


“Despite the devastation, most of the residents in the Kot Addu area have now returned to

their homes and the main local government hospital (THQ) has returned to a pre-flood patient

load,” Mr Le said.


Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of Air Force said the successful combination of the Defence

and civilian medical teams had enabled the smooth delivery of primary healthcare and

brought emergency treatment to more than 11,000 flood victims.


“The whole of government effort to assist Pakistan has been very successful.


“While this marks the end of the medical assistance during this crisis it does not mark the end

of our assistance to help Pakistan recover and rebuild from this disaster,” he added.


The 180 personnel forming the AMTF were deployed on Operation Pakistan Assist II. The

Task Force comprised of: 



A Medical Task Force including 36 Defence and 28 civilian health specialists.



Specialist engineering capabilities to support the delivery of clean water to the Task Force

and construction of accommodation and other buildings. 


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MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545


Media Releases are available via e-mail if you register at www.defence.gov.au/media


Six RAAF C-17 Globemaster flights (14, 17, 24, 26, 29 Aug and 1 Sep) which delivered

aid, personnel and equipment into Pakistan.


Aid stores and services delivered by the ADF and AusAID include:


201 family tents; 9,126 tarpaulins; and 10 rolls of plastic sheeting to shelter more than

10,000 families. 



24 portable generators to safely provide power to temporary shelters. 



7,420 water storage containers and water purification tablets to provide 30 days of safe

drinking water for more than 7,000 families. 



1,962 birthing kits to pregnant women to support the birth of their child.



ADF medical supplies to assist with immediate health needs.



Medical support in treating around 250 patients a day, totaling 11,375 patients.



Treatment of more than 3,000 cases of malaria. 



Imagery available at: http://www.defence.gov.au/op/pakistan/index.htm


Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664







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