paramedic returns from medical work in Afghanistan
Burnham-On-Sea paramedic has returned from war-torn Afghanistan
where he has been training hospital staff in emergency medicine
and the use of life-saving equipment.
Woolf, 58, has been working with staff in a hospital at Mazar
i Sharif, scene of a recent suicide bombing which killed three
people and injured 17.
is working with a charity founded by former ITN newscaster Sandy
Gall, which provides medical assistance and rehabilitation for
victims of war and terrorism.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our objective in Mazar was to ensure
that the public hospital facilities were safe and the staff adequately
trained for effective operations to be carried out in emergency
taught sessions on resuscitation for about 50 surgeons, doctors,
nurses and anaesthetists. It was interesting that while the signs
and symptoms of a heart attack were unknown to them, maintaining
the airway of a patient with gunshot wounds was second nature
and it illustrates their daily working lives in Afghanistan
at the moment."
lives in Burnham, but works for the Welsh Ambulance Service and
is also a founder member of Festival Medical Services (FMS), a
registered charity in its own right which raises money for medical
causes around the world.
took a large amount of medical equipment donated by the charity
out to Afghanistan with him.
Nich said there were some difficulties with travel around Afghanistan
and some delays caused to the transport of the equipment from
England. Alcohol cleansing wipes were confiscated by officials
because Afghanistan is a strictly Muslim country where alcohol
in all forms is banned.
he added: "There is no doubt that the work of the Sandy Gall
Afghanistan Appeal is changing lives and that the training and
equipment we took was vitally needed and gratefully received."
colleagues I met have been much in my thoughts this week as I
know they will have been looking after the casualties involved
in the bombing atrocity in Mazar i Sharif, and I know they will
have done all in their power to save lives and care for their