Korean PRT opens doors to new medical center for locals

2012/02/13 • Comments
By Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez
Regional Support Command-East/NTM-A Public Affairs Specialist
 
An Afghan laboratory technician takes blood from a patient at the Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center in Parwan, Jan. 25. Every clinic in the medical center has at least one Korean advisor and two or three Afghan technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez)

An Afghan laboratory technician takes blood from a patient at the Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center in Parwan, Jan. 25. Every clinic in the medical center has at least one Korean advisor and two or three Afghan technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez)

PARWAN, Afghanistan – Local Afghans seeking medical care walked into the newly built and recently opened Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center at the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Parwan, Jan. 25.

The facility started receiving patients in early Dec. 2011. The medical center staff consists of Korean and Afghan doctors, nurses and medical technicians.

“Right now, the Korean staff is supervising and guiding the Afghans in caring for the patients,” said Dr. Dongkog Byeon, director of the medical center. “The Afghans progression is critical to keep this medical center running when we leave.”

The medical center is equipped with a laboratory, x-ray, ultrasound, pharmacy, injection room and burn treatment section. The machines used in the x-ray clinic and pharmacy are new to the country of Afghanistan, so the Afghans are excited to learn and use them.

“When we see patients, they are comforted by the level of cleanliness and technology used here,” said Mirwais Waziri, Afghan nurse. “It is very different from the type of care and appearance at a typical Afghan hospital.”

Most of the Afghan staff has years of experience in the clinic they work in. As a result, the Koreans are trying to focus on teaching them how to use the equipment. In addition, the Koreans hold classes on different medical issues in the education room, which is located inside the medical center. 

“The Afghan doctors are well educated and will do a great job at running the medical center,” said Dr. Park, head Korean doctor. “We just hope the Afghan government continues working with the citizens to provide the resources needed for the clinic and region to sustain once we transition control.”

An Afghan nurse administers a Hepatitis B vaccination to a patient at the Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center in Parwan, Jan. 25. The newly opened medical center’s Afghan staff includes two doctors, six nurses, two pharmacists and several technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez)

An Afghan nurse administers a Hepatitis B vaccination to a patient at the Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center in Parwan, Jan. 25. The newly opened medical center’s Afghan staff includes two doctors, six nurses, two pharmacists and several technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez)

The Korea-Afghanistan Friendship Medical Center is just one of the many projects the Korean PRT has in store for the local Afghans in Parwan. The Koreans plan to build another medical facility, five schools and to start agriculture programs in the Parwan province.

“I think there are more and more Afghan people showing the eagerness to learn something from us,” said Seung-Bae Yeo, Korean PRT representative. “We like to share our experience with the ordinary Afghan by teaching and training them.”

In addition to local Afghans receiving care at the medical center, the Afghan National Police students located across the street, will be able to use the facility as well. In accordance with NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan’s goal to have the Afghans sustain themselves, the medical center is a move in the right direction.

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