Iraqis, Coalition Forces Work Together to Provide Health Care for Tunis Residents

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU ? Tunis is an example that Iraqis are not only ready to secure their towns, but take care of the physical needs of their own people.
The city recently celebrated the opening of a renovated health clinic near Iskandariyah. The Tunis Health Clinic will have the ability to provide health care to more than 5,000 citizens in the Tunis region.

Damaged by anti-Iraqi forces, the previous Tunis Health Clinic slipped into a state of disrepair and disuse. After local town officials came together through council meetings, the city decided the clinic was in need of repair. A reconstruction project was proposed to provide essential health services for the local citizens.

?The purpose was to have a clinic in town, instead of having to go all the way to Haswa,? said Capt. James Browning, commander of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. ?They wanted to have the capability to serve any basic health care needs.?

Through partnership with Coalition forces, the people of Tunis came together to rebuild the old clinic.

?The Iraqi people of Tunis basically reconstructed and reconstituted a broken down health clinic that needed to be fixed,? Browning said. ?It brought the capability of heath care back to Tunis.?

With workers hired from the surrounding area, the people started the reconstruction of the clinic.

The contractor was from the Tunis area and he only employed local Tunis residents to work on the clinic.

?This represents the hard work of the Iraqi people,? said Col. Thomas James, commander 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. ?And this health clinic signifies taking care of the people.?

Currently 2-69 Armor is operationally attached to the 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

(Story by Pfc. Amanda McBride, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

photo provided by DoD.


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