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Kabul to get 100-bed hospital

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KABUL, May 19 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Health Minister Muhammad Amin Fatimi on Saturday said the United States and Saudi Arabia had assured of their assistance in bringing improvement in the health sector.

Speaking at a news conference here, the minister said a 100-bed hospital would be established in the capital city with financial assistance from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fatimi, who attended the 60th summit of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, said his counterparts from UAE, Saudi Arabia and the United States had promised of their support in health sector.

He said health minister of the United Arab Emirates would soon visit Afghanistan to perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the hospital north of the Kabul International Airport.

The United States would train Afghan doctors, provide equipment for laboratories and help health ministry in discouraging sale of expired medicines and food items.

The two-week WHO summit is still in progress in Geneva. However, the minister said he had to return to the country before scheduled time due to the issue of refugees’ eviction from Iran.

Started on May 14, the summit is being attended by health ministers and officials from 190 countries. Key issues before the members are polio eradication, and measures against diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

Fatimi said child mortality rate had considerable dropped over the previous four years. The rate, which was 257/1,000 in 2003, had now been plummeted to 210.

The minister said the country needed at least 500 more health centres and clinics to cater to the needs of the population across the country.

Meanwhile, work was launched on construction of the Hakim Sanayee Shrine Park in Ghazni province on Saturday. The park will be built at the cost of 12.5 million afghanis.

Being constructed on 5.5 acres of land, the park will have all the modern facilities like gardens, electricity, fast food stalls and fixed seats.

Mayor of the city Hakim Ghazniwal, told Pajhwok funds for the construction work was provided by the municipality. He said the project would be completed in three months.

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Written by afghandevnews

May 22, 2007 at 1:57 am

Posted in Health

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