• CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq- Bashar Gumaa, a resident of Al Quba stands with his daughter inside the Al Quba Medical Clinic after the ribbon cutting ceremony officially marking the clinic's opening, Feb. 14, 2011. The clinic opened a few weeks ago to meet the medical needs of Al Quba residents, who prior to the clinic had to travel to cities outside the village for medical treatment. "It helps everyone to have a clinic within walking distance instead of traveling to the city," said Bashar Gumaa, a resident of Al Quba. "If I need to give my daughter a vaccination, I can bring her right here."

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq- Bashar...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq- Bashar Gumaa, a resident of Al Quba stands with his daughter inside the Al Quba Medical Clinic after the ribbon cutting ceremony officially marking the clinic's opening, Feb. 14, 2011. The clinic opened a few...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Adal Ismail, Director of Health for Ninewa province Adal Ismail cuts the ribbon commemorating the official opening of Al Quba Medical Clinic, Feb. 14, 2011. The clinic, funded by the U.S., is the first and only medical clinic in the village. Tom Baker, right, an officer in the Forward Engineering Support Team-Advanced, a part of the Reconstruction Cell at U.S. Division-North, attended the event to witness the completion of the project. Baker worked with local Iraqi government officials to complete the project for approximately 2,400 people who reside in Al Quba.
"The fact that we brought care to people in need makes me feel terrific," said Baker, a native of Eagle River, Alaska, and the project manager for the clinic.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Adal...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Adal Ismail, Director of Health for Ninewa province Adal Ismail cuts the ribbon commemorating the official opening of Al Quba Medical Clinic, Feb. 14, 2011. The clinic, funded by the U.S., is the first and only...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Local residents, village officials and U.S. Soldiers participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the official opening of the Al Quba Medical Clinic, Feb. 14.

Similar to an urgent care facility in the United States, the clinic, the first in the village, opened its doors providing services to local Al Quba residents in late January.

"The project was a joint partnership between the U.S. and Iraqi government," said Tom Baker, an officer in the Forward Engineering Support Team-Advanced, a part of the Reconstruction Cell at U.S. Division-North. "We provided the funds and they made it happen."

Approximately 2,400 people live in Al Quba, who until recently, had to travel to other cities for their basic medical needs, said Baker.

"The fact that we brought care to people in need makes me feel terrific," said Baker, a native of Eagle River, Alaska, and the project manager for the clinic. "This is one of the most important things I've done since I've been here."

The clinic currently employs one doctor and five nurses, and the medical team is providing medical services to approximately 400 people per day, said Adal Ismail, Director of Health for the Ninewa province.

"It helps everyone to have a clinic within walking distance instead of traveling to the city," said Bashar Gumaa, a resident of Al Quba.
"If I need to give my daughter a vaccination, I can bring her right here," Gumaa said, as he gave his young daughter a kiss on the cheek.

Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, provided security during the ceremony to show support to Al Quba residents.

"It's nice to be a part of something in this community," said Sgt. James Taggart, a field artilleryman assigned to Battery A, 5th Bn., 82nd FA Regt. "This village has never had any kind of medical facility, and now they will be able to seek medical attention right in their own neighborhood," said Taggart a native of Los Angeles.

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