Australian Medical Task Force One Month In 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



MSPA 469/2010

Friday, 8 October 2010


Australian Medical Task Force marks one month providing primary

medical aid to flood victims 


Operation Pakistan Assist II

hit a milestone on Saturday the 2nd of October, marking

one month since the Australian Medical Task Force opened its doors and commenced

providing primary medical aid to the flood affected people of Kot Addu.


The Defence and civilian relief workers have had little time to sit back and celebrate

as providing relief to the many flood victims has been a full-time job.   


Commander of the Australian Defence Force element, Wing Commander Ross

Wadsworth, said every day provided a new set of challenges


“Every day we find a new set of solutions and continue the important task of

providing primary medical assistance to victims of the Pakistan floods,” he said.


The Australian health facility at Camp Cockatoo has been providing

primary health

care similar to a general practice, with a ward for day treatment, basic

diagnostic

services including X-ray and pathology, a pharmacy and a preventative health

program.


Air Force Medical Officer,

Squadron Leader Simon McLaughlin,

said

the facility’s

capabilities have been well tested during its deployment and that conditions in the

region where the Australian Medical Task Force is based are improving.


“So far we have seen over 7300 patients,” Squadron Leader McLaughlin said. 


“We have regularly been treating over 250

patients per day and it has been very

rewarding to be able to provide this sort of assistance where it is needed the most.”


Acting AusAID Team Leader, Brett Negus, said the support from the international

community has significantly assisted the Pakistani authorities to manage the

humanitarian situation.


“It is positive to note that the United Nations reports that 80 to 85 per cent of

displaced people have now returned home in Punjab province. 


“Local health services are beginning to return to normal,” Mr Negus said.

 

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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

Australia has provided $75 million in humanitarian, early recovery and reconstruction

assistance to Pakistan. 


Media Note:

Vision of Operation Pakistan Assist II will be fed by Defence Digital Media to

Parliament House from 11am (1100) EDT today.


Images of the Op PAK Assist II on month can be found at the following link:



Media contact: 

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664


AusAID Media: 0417 680 590


Up to the minute information on Australian Defence Force operations is now

available on Twitter at twitter.com/AusDefenceForce.








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