Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Plays Part in Helping Pakistan

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Plays Part in Helping Pakistan

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Byline: Zane Jackson

IPSWICH is playing a part in helping the people of flood- ravaged Pakistan with more than 20 RAAF Base Amberley-based officers helping to set up a hospital.

The Australian Medical Task Force Co made up of Defence Force, AusAID and civilian health professionals Co built and opened the temporary facility in Kot Addu last week.

About 150 people make up the Task Force team which flew to Pakistan from RAAF Base Amberley late last month in a C-17 Globemaster.

They plan on seeing up to 200 Pakistan flood victims every day.

The facility can provide primary health care similar to a general practice including maternal and children's health, a ward for day treatment, basic diagnostic services including X-ray and pathology, a pharmacy and a preventative health program.

A Defence spokesperson said the personnel from RAAF Base Amberley were performing a number of roles at the facility, named Camp Cockatoo.

"These include people performing command, logistics, planning and administrative functions," they said. …

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