Photo By: Lt.j.g. Egdanis Torres Sierra
KABUL - KABUL, Afghanistan (March 8, 2017) — A doctor walks the corridors of Kabul National Military Hospital as the facility undergoes repairs and improvements. The KNMH is primed to emerge from a recent tragic attack as a state-of-the-art facility for patient care, continuing a long legacy as the biggest and finest military hospital in service of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
“No matter what happens and how we are tested, we stand next to our soldiers. This is our chance to improve this hospital and to deliver unprecedented capabilities for medical care. We are focused and determined. Our response is one, to take action,” said Dr. Hamid Rahman, director of the Construction Property Management Department at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. “We have high morale. Our soldiers have high morale. This is a better and stronger us.”
On March 8, a group of terrorist gunmen disguised as doctors attacked the hospital, killing at least 49 patients, doctors and guards, and injuring more than 60 others. The attack on defenseless patients and medical personnel was widely condemned by Afghan leaders and throughout the international community. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Egdanis Torres Sierra, Combined Security Transition Command CSTC–A Public Affairs)
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