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THE Australian Medical
Task Force (AMTF) at
Camp Cockatoo marked
one month providing pri-
mary medical assistance to victims
of the Pakistan floods on October
2. ADF medical officer SQNLDR
Simon McLaughlin said, so far, the
task force has seen more than 6000
"We have regularly been treating
over 250 patients per day and it has
been very rewarding to provide this
sort of assistance where it is needed
the most," he said.
The Australian Camp Cockatoo
health facility at Kot Addu compris-
es ADF medical and support spe-
cialist military personal, as well as
AusAID health specialists who have
been providing primary health care
similar to a general practice, a ward
for day treatment, basic diagnostic
services including x-ray and pathol-
ogy, a pharmacy and a preventative
"There are about 140 ADF mem-
bers supporting the AMTF at Camp
Cockatoo," SQNLDR McLaughlin
"About 35 are ADF health per-
sonnel and 17 are Australian
Medical Assistance Team members.
It has been very encouraging to see
how effectively these military and
civilian specialist have come togeth-
er to deliver primary medical care in
such adverse conditions."
Acting AusAID Team Leader
Brett Negus agreed.
"AusAID and the ADF are work-
ing together as part of the wider
Australian Government package
of humanitarian and disaster relief
assistance in the wake of the floods.
It is a fantastic example of two very
different agencies working together
to assist the people of Pakistan," he
said.Despite this close cooperation,
providing primary medical aid in a
remote region of a flood damaged
country has not been without major
"The biggest challenge has been
keeping up with the supply of medi-
cations," AUSMAT Team Leader Dr
Ian Norton said.
"We are regularly seeing more
than 250 patents per day, which
is far busier than any emergency
department in Australia. Nobody
else sees those kinds of numbers and
we are seeing them in a tent, in a
field, in Pakistan. That is a challenge
on its own, but the logistics of keep-
ing up with that tempo has been our
biggest to date.
WGCMDR Ross Wadsworth,
Commander of the ADF element of
the AMTF said every day provided a
new set of challenges.
"Every day we find a new set of
solutions and continue the important
task of providing primary medical
assistance to victims of the Pakistan
Aid for 6000 and counting
By CPL Zenith King
THE Australian Medical Task Force
provided life changing medical assis-
tance when they presented a long
term polio sufferer and flood victim
with crutches on October 3.
Nadia, a 12-year-old girl from the
Punjab region of Pakistan, currently
travels every second day from her home
to be treated by the medical staff at Kot
RAN medical officer LEUT Joel
Hissink, HMAS Penguin, said the first
time he saw Nadia she was very shy,
timid and unsure about what was going
"Since the first time she came in she
has completely changed," he said.
"On the day we gave her the crutch-
es she was smiling and laughing and
really interactive with the nurses and
doctors. It was an amazing transforma-
tion.LEUT Hissink said Nadia seemed
pleased to have the crutches which the
nurses had decorated with stickers and
"Seeing her smiling and walking
with both crutches and standing up
straight was amazing," LEUT Hissink
"The problem with the stick was
that she was always hunched over.
Using that stick over a long period of
time would have resulted in secondary
injuries due to poor posture."
LEUT Hissink said the crutches
were a small step to a full recovery.
AusAID nurse Marlene Ball said
that, because she has coped with polio
since birth, she is probably quite used
"Before we gave her the crutches
she was walking with a stick and used
both of her hands to balance," she said.
"Nadia can now stand up straight
with the crutches and once she is con-
fident she will be able to move around
with only one crutch giving her a free
hand for the first time in her life."
BETTER MOBILITY: LEUT Joel Hissink and AusAID nurse Marlene Ball
adjust the height of Naida's crutches.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
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