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Slovak medical team leaves for Afghanistan

A Slovak medical team that will form part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) left Prague early on the morning of March 31 for Afghanistan.

A Slovak medical team that will form part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) left Prague early on the morning of March 31 for Afghanistan.

Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Baška and Slovak Chief-of-General-Staff Ľubomír Bulík met the head of the medical team before it departed, SLOVAKIA was told by Slovak armed forces spokesman Milan Vanga.

The team, which is made up of seven members (two surgeons, a radiologist, an anaesthetist, and three male nurses), will serve at Kabul airport as part of the Czech ROLE 2+ field hospital, providing medical care to ISAF troops, Afghan army troops, Afghan police offices, and, in case of need, to other Afghan citizens.

The Slovak team is able to carry out urgent surgical procedures, basic post-operation care, outpatient surgical care, intensive medical care and radio-diagnoses. It will remain in Afghanistan for four months, after which it will be replaced by another surgical team with an extra member. The medical personnel have been sent to Afghanistan due to a Memorandum on Co-operation Between the Czech and Slovak Defence Ministries that was signed in Bucharest prior to the NATO summit (on April 2). TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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