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New health clinic open its doors in Zabul province

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Dillon , Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force

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ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (January 25, 2012) — A new high-capacity health clinic, providing expanded medical services, opened its doors during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Arghandab district, Jan. 20.

The new Arghandab Comprehensive Health Clinic is located near the district center in Arghandab district.

Officials’ on-hand to introduce the new clinic to the district included the provincial governor, the provincial chief of Police, the minister of Public Health, the district governor, the district chief of Police, an Afghan National Army commander and coalition Special Operations Forces.

The opening of the health clinic is an important development in the district said a coalition SOF representative.

“Arghandab district now has the potential to provide services traditionally found in Qalat,” said the coalition SOF representative.

“The district doctor will continue to practice at the clinic and a doctor and midwife team will now serve at the clinic. The opening of the clinic will allow the villagers in the region to more easily obtain basic healthcare services.”

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the GIRoA officials conducted a shura with local villagers.

The provincial governor spoke encourage the villagers to unite in the development of Afghanistan and to contribute personnel to the Afghan Local Police in the district in order to protect the villages from insurgents.