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Italian medical agency to reopen hospital in Kabul

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Xinhua / June 26, 2007

An Italian medical aid agency said on Monday that it would soon reopen its hospital in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, two months after its quit over the arrest of its staff member.

The Emergency agency said in a statement that it was looking for international personnel in preparation for the reinstating of the Kabul hospital and two others in Afghanistan.

In April, the Emergency withdrew from the war-torn Asian country after one of its Afghanistan staff, Rahmatullah Hanefi, was arrested by police on charges of links with the Taliban.

Hanefi was reportedly released last week to end the dilemma. The Emergency said on Monday that Hanefi might go back to his work in July. Before his three-month detention, Hanefi was the head of personnel and security of the agency’s hospital in the southern city of Lashkar Gah.

The Emergency, which was founded by Italian war-zone surgeon Gino Stada in 1994, began its mission in Afghanistan in 1999. It says it has ever since given medical treatment to more than 1.5 million people.

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Written by afghandevnews

June 27, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Posted in Health

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