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    Japan to construct new building for Ghor hospital

    KABUL (PAN): The Japanese government would construct a building for the Ghor Civil Hospital at a cost of $8 million (395 million afghanis), a foreign ministry official said on Sunday.

    Foreign ministry spokesman, Janan Musazai, told reporters in Kabul an agreement to the effect was signed between deputy foreign minister, Amanullah Jaihoon and Seiji Okada, chargé d'affaires at the Japanese embassy.

    The present hospital building would be renovated and a new one built, the spokesman said, adding the new building would include surgery and gynecology wards, an outdoor patient facility and a pharmacy.

    Public health ministry officials say the 80-bed hospital, when its new building was completed, would have 150 beds. Starting next summer, work on the building will be completed in two years.

    Earlier in the week, the Japanese government pledged to provide $25 million on the construction and renovation of school buildings in Daikundi, Ghor and Bamyan provinces.

    According to foreign ministry officials, Japan has pledged to provide $11 billion over the past 11 years and $3 billion of that amount had so far been used.

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