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Karzai vows better health facilities

Karzai vows better health facilities

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Mar 11, 2011 - 17:35

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai has promised adequate healthinfo-icon facilities across the country to ensure that Afghans do not have to go abroad for medical treatment.

In a radio address to the nation late on Thursday night, he said health services in the country had improved a lot over the past nine years.

"We have emerged from a situation where people would travel to foreign countries even for treatment of ordinary diseases," the president said.

He conceded Afghans were still faced with numerous problems, with a number of patients visiting foreign countries for treatment at a heavy cost.

The president said Afghanistaninfo-icon lagged behind other countries in the area of health due to the transfer of money abroad and lack of investment.

Most of Afghans visiting foreign countries were unable to explain their diseases to doctors because of the language barrier, he said.

Karzai said the country needed professional and qualified doctors in addition to modern hospitals. Meetings would be held with top officials to find ways of addressing the problem, the president said.

Karzai made an appeal to health experts and medical students to join his government's efforts at brining reforms and improvement to the health sector.

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