US Military Taking Part in Medical Exercise in Mauritania
Around 60 US army, navy and air force medical personnel, along with medics from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, are to participate in 'Exercise MEDFLAG 00-2', held in Mauritania between September 15th-26th, according to a press release by office of the US Assistant Secretary of Defense.
MEDFLAG exercises are joint-combined medical training and civil assistance exercises conducted two or three times a year by the US European Command, said the press release of which Albawaba.com received an e-mail copy.
The statement added that "these exercises provide medical training and interchange of medical information and techniques with host nation medical personnel in African nations."
According to the press release, the multinational team will conduct classes in basic field sanitation, food inspection and hygiene procedures. Additionally, they will administer eye and dental care to those in need in the local community.
"The objective of the exercise is to promote regional stability by strengthening cooperation between Mauritania and NATO countries through combined exercises." This is a humanitarian operation designed to build mutual trust, confidence and friendship with the nation of Mauritania, added the release.
Military medical teams from Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are providing veterinary care, medical administration and technical support for the exercise.
"Mauritania is bringing approximately 130 medical students and 10 medical professionals, including preventative medicine personnel, dentists and eye surgeons."
Medical training for the Mauritanian students will cover a number of topics in two courses, including basic field sanitation, food inspection and hygiene procedures, said the press relase, adding that the courses will include classroom instruction and practical, hands on exercises - Albawaba.com
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