日期:2013-04-12 10:00




From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.

More than five thousand members of the Pakistani security forces have been killed in the fight against terrorists and militants since 2001. Some 10,000 regular and paramilitary troops have been wounded. The high number of deaths and injuries has resulted in improved care at the army's top rehabilitation center in Rawalpindi. Doctors at the rehabilitation center help troops regain physical and mental skills damaged in war.

Aman Ullah lost both of his legs more than a year ago while serving in the Khyber tribal area on the border with Afghanistan.

Amputees at Rawalpindi's Armed Forces Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM).

The 23-year-old is one of the thousands of Pakistani soldiers dealing with wounds from Pakistan's ongoing fight against militant groups. Most soldiers are wounded by improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

"I was part of FC, you know, the Frontier Corps [paramilitary force] convoy when a roadside IED planted in a vehicle exploded. I lost both my legs and received multiple injuries all around my body."

Arif Hussain is another patient recovering from injuries.

"We were engaged in an operation against extremists in the Mohmand agency when one of their bullets hit me in the leg and I lost it."

The soldier is recovering from major medical operations at Rawalpindi's Armed Forces Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, or AFIRM. Aman Ullah and several other soldiers are now hoping to compete in the next Paralympic Games. This international competition is for athletes with disabilities.

Their inspiration is South African Oscar Pistorius. He became the first double amputee Olympian in London last year -- long before he faced charges of murder.

"When I saw the boy [Oscar Pistorius] from South Africa on television racing with a horse and competing in the games, I decided that, Inshallah [God willing], next year I will also do that and compete with that young man."

Major-General Akhtar Waheed is the chief of the army-operated rehabilitation center. He is proud of the progress made in treating patients who have suffered the loss of arms or legs.

"I had a few patients with three amputations and one patient with four limb amputations. So I think you have seen them in today's event and they are not less than any normal person."

The experience of treating thousands of patients over the years has led to improved medical practices. These improvements include more useful artificial limbs. These replacement arms and legs are needed after severe wounds lead to amputations. Medical workers have also developed better practices for helping wounded soldiers again stand on their feet.

With military efforts continuing in Pakistan's tribal areas, there are plans to further expand the Rawalpindi rehabilitation center.



1.paramilitary adj. 准军事的;辅助军事的 n. 准军事部队

Paramilitary police units are taking part in rescue efforts.

2.rehabilitation n. 复原,(恢复残疾人正常生活的)康复

He's booked himself into a rehabilitation clinic.

3.Paralympic n. 残奥会

He went on to win 12 medals in four Paralympic Games.

4.amputation n.<医>截肢(术); 切断; 切除; 删除<医>

In ancient India, adultery was punished by amputation of the nose.

5.artificial limb n. [基医] 假肢

They said their set-up could someday be adapted to help disabled people operate a motorized wheelchair or artificial limb.












少将Akhtar Waheed是这所军队康复中心的负责人,看到中心在治疗失去手臂或双腿病人上取得的进步,他很是骄傲GUlpjBRtr)atA|k5Q







  • explosiveadj. 爆炸(性)的 n. 炸药
  • bordern. 边界,边境,边缘 vt. 与 ... 接壤,加边于
  • frontiern. 边界,边境,尖端,边缘
  • severeadj. 剧烈的,严重的,严峻的,严厉的,严格的
  • instituten. 学会,学院,协会 vt. 创立,开始,制定
  • willingadj. 愿意的,心甘情愿的
  • competevi. 竞争,对抗,比赛
  • limbn. 枝干,树枝,肢体 vt. 切断(树枝,手足)
  • mentaladj. 精神的,脑力的,精神错乱的 n. 精神病患者
  • securityn. 安全,防护措施,保证,抵押,债券,证券