• BAGHDAD - Maj. Andrew Attar, a native of Bristol, Conn., joint project management officer, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, inspects the newly installed solar panels on the roof of the Dahkel Clinic in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad June 17.  As the main health clinic in Hurriyah, the solar panels will keep the clinic powered longer, providing more service to 500,000 Iraqis.

    BAGHDAD - Maj. Andrew Attar, a native of...

    BAGHDAD - Maj. Andrew Attar, a native of Bristol, Conn., joint project management officer, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, inspects the newly installed solar panels on the roof of the Dahkel...

  • BAGHDAD - Dr. Abbas, the deputy director general of the Iraqi Ministry of Health, speaks at the reopening ceremony of the Dahkel Clinic in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad June 17. The clinic recently was fixed with solar panels on its roof, allowing the clinic to operate 24 hours per-day.

    BAGHDAD - Dr. Abbas, the deputy director...

    BAGHDAD - Dr. Abbas, the deputy director general of the Iraqi Ministry of Health, speaks at the reopening ceremony of the Dahkel Clinic in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad June 17. The clinic recently was fixed with solar panels on its...

  • BAGHDAD - Col. Joseph Martin, a native of Dearborn, Mich., commander, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, speaks with Mark Powell, team leader of the 2nd HBCT's embedded Provisional Reconstruction Team on the roof of the Dahkel Clinic in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad. The clinic is solar-powered, which extends the clinic's electricity from six hours per-day to 24 hours per-day.

    BAGHDAD - Col. Joseph Martin, a native of...

    BAGHDAD - Col. Joseph Martin, a native of Dearborn, Mich., commander, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, speaks with Mark Powell, team leader of the 2nd HBCT's embedded Provisional Reconstruction...

BAGHDAD - Another health clinic in northwest Baghdad was converted to a solar-powered facility.

The new and improved Dahkel Clinic was unveiled in a ceremony in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad June 17.

As the main health clinic in the neighborhood, the clinic provides health care to about 500,000 Iraqi citizens.

Before the panels were installed on the roof of the clinic, it could only be powered for about six hours per-day.

Now it can run for up to 24 hours per-day.

"By using solar power we have rejuvenated this clinic," said Col. Joseph Martin, who hails from Dearborn, Mich., commander, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team "Dagger," 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad.

The Dagger Brigade worked with the Ministry of Health in the project to improve the clinic, which started in February.

"Now the Dahkel Clinic has the increased capacity to preserve medicine through the use of vaccine refrigerators, incubators for newborns and other medical devices," said Martin.

Because of frequent power outages while running on Iraq's power grid, surgical procedures were interrupted, vaccines were ruined due to the lack of refrigeration and the limited supply of fuel had to send patients home without proper health care.

"The green energy power supply eliminates all need for generators," said Mahdi Jonny," bilingual and bicultural advisor, 2nd HBCT. "With this great accomplishment we will give services for generations to come."

The idea for the project came after the success of the Ameriyah Clinic in northwest Baghdad, which reopened with solar-powered capabilities earlier this year.

The brigade has also worked with the Government of Iraq to install solar-powered street lights throughout northwest Baghdad and Abu Ghraib County just west of the city.

"The improvements being highlighted here are an example of Coalition forces' ongoing partnership with the local government to provide essential services, specifically the Ministry of Health, in order to improve local health care capacity in Hurriyah," said Martin. "We want to continue to chose projects that we can work together with the Government of Iraq, the district councils and the local neighborhood councils to complete, which are beneficial to the people of Baghdad."

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