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Mar 18, 2019
A year on, Kandahar hospital awaits inauguration
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): One year after its construction, a 350-bed government hospital in southern Kandahar province is yet to be inaugurated.
The hospital building, spreading over 87 acres of land in Aino Mina area of Kandahar City, was constructed at a cost of 524 million afghanis by the Ministry of Public Health.
The hospital was expected to go functional one year ago, but it did not happen due to some reasons.
Dr. Musa Jan Sultani, deputy public health director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had also been expecting the hospital would start its operations but all this delayed due to some reasons.
He said they had discharged their part of responsibility and providing equipment and resources to the hospital was related to the Ministry of Public Health.
The ministry had approved 16 million afghanis for purchasing equipment and tools for the hospital but problems in the procurement process delayed the arrival of equipment.
Only beds and other primary tools have been purchased for the hospital so far, mainly because the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the Parliament did approve 765 million afghanis which had been approved by the president to make the hospital operational.
Dr. Sultani said Wolesi Jirga members from Kandahar also did not help in approval of the money from the house and the issue was forgotten.
He said the hospital had its own department to manage activities and resolve problems.
Dr. Mohamamd Hasham Alokozay, head of the hospital, said they planned to inaugurate the hospital over the next two weeks.
However, he said initially only 35 beds would be made available in the hospital and the rest would be provided in next four years.
He said they would try to provide quality services and perform complex operations and surgeries that could not be performed in other hospitals of Kandahar.
Currently only the Mirwais Hospital is operational on the zonal level and besides ordinary patients, people injured in blasts, traffic accidents, war and other incidents are also brought from five neighboring provinces.
Officials say the Mirwais Hospital alone is unable to cover the large number of patients.
Local people say they hoped problems of patients would be resolved with construction of the 350-bed new hospital in the province.
Haji Daud, a resident of Kandahar city, the provincial capital, said that the construction of the new hospital took five years and was being inaugurated with only 35 beds. “It is not good news for Kandahar.”
He asked the officials concerned to provide all required staff and 350 beds to the hospital as the current health services in the province were inadequate.
Officials should also work for improving quality and standard of treatment so people no longer need to travel to other countries for their medication, he said.
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