News: New medical clinic opens doors strengthening US-Kyrgyz partnership
Story by Capt. martha petersante
NIZHNE-CHYSK VILLAGE, Kyrgyzstan - Service members from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, in partnership with representatives from the U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Health and residents of the Nizhne-Chuysk Village gathered on Nov. 15 to celebrate the grand opening of the village's new medical clinic.
The project, which is valued at more than $100,000, was a combined humanitarian assistance effort between the Transit Center's Theater Security Cooperation division, the U.S. Embassy Bishkek and U.S. Agency for International Development. Designed to serve the more than 5,000 village residents, the fully-furnished clinic can now provide immediate access to health care.
"As a member of the greater Bishkek community for nearly 11 years, the Transit Center has partnered often with the U.S. Embassy (Bishkek) and the Kyrgyz Republic to improve the lives of Kyrgyz citizens. Like this medical clinic, many of those projects are partnerships with the Ministry of Health," said Col. Corey Martin, Transit Center director. "I am very happy that a by-product of the U.S. military presence in Kyrgyzstan is a wonderful project like this 130-square-meter clinic, which will help support the health care needs of 5,000 local villagers."
Echoing the colonel's sentiments, David McCormick, U.S. Embassy Bishkek acting deputy chief of mission, spoke about how this project is a "culmination of a combined effort between the Kyrgyz Republic and the United States to effectively help and enhance the medical care within the (Nizhne-Chuysk) village for years to come."
The clinic construction and on-site installation, managed by the Transit Center's TSC team, was completed "ahead of schedule and included basic medical equipment, such as examination tables, scales and diagnostic equipment," said Capt. Jason Donovant, Transit Center TSC division medical director.
This is a tangible outcome to a continued, strong partnership between the Transit Center and the Kyrgyz Republic - together, we are able to effectively improve quality of life for the village residents by empowering them to provide timely, adequate medical care, he said.
Kyrgyz Deputy Ministry of Health Marat Temirbekovich thanked the U.S. government and also praised the new capabilities of the clinic stating that our doctors, nurses and medical assistants can now help our citizens by providing medical assistance where needed, improving the overall health and quality of life for the Chui Oblast residents.
The ceremony was followed by a tour of the facility by the medical staff and a celebratory community lunch hosted by the village mayor.