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    ANA taking greater control of military healthcare



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Weir 

    NATO Training Mission Afghanistan

    PAKTIA, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army gained autonomous control of Paktia Regional Military Hospital (PRMH) in Paktia province during a ceremony June 1.

    “I am proud to say we are able to provide care, not only for ANSF forces but for civilians in the region as well,” said ANA Brig. Gen. Asif Bromand, commander for the east region medical command. “We will continue to grow and take care of our people in need, and I hope to see this kind of success spreading throughout all of Afghanistan.”

    One of Bromand’s main priorities was partnering with other ANSF and civilian agencies and not limiting treatment to ANA patients only.

    The transition ceremony symbolized the transfer of responsibility at PRMH from coalition advisor support to full ANA operations and oversight. The PRMH staff has worked independently for the last couple months, but the ceremony marked the ANA’s full capability in running things on its own and the facility’s first perfect score from the Nato Training Mission-Afghanistan medical validation team.

    “This hospital, even with all the challenges that all Afghan facilities face, was able to deliver better healthcare, better quality assurance measures, and more efficient health care than any other regional hospital,” said NTM-A Senior Medical Advisor, U.S. Air Force Maj. Roger Shih. “The score they received indicates that they not only have they mastered the basic elements of running a hospital, but are starting to master the more advanced stages and rising to a level competitive with other countries such as the United States.”

    PRMH has set the standard for hospitals across the country by showing major improvement over the last couple years.

    “I see the improvement of the healthcare system here, and as it keeps improving it will give the Afghan people a sense of pride and understanding of the legitimacy of the ANA and GIRoA,” Shih said. “It’s not just healthcare they deliver, it’s the message of independence, autonomy and legitimacy.”

    PRMH is the first of three transition ceremonies scheduled to take place this month. The regional military hospitals in Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat are slated to transfer authority later in June.

    “With this transfer of authority, we should all gain a confidence in ourselves and our abilities, a confidence that is shared by the coalition; it helped us get here today,” Bromand said. “I am very thankful for our coalition partners and I will miss the friendships that I have made.”



    Date Taken: 06.01.2013
    Date Posted: 06.07.2013 05:22
    Story ID: 108224
    Location: PAKTIA PROVINCE, AF 

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