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    Shindand to have modern health facility

    HERAT CITY (PAN): The foundation stone of a 50-bed hospital was laid in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.

    A ceremony marking the launch of construction work on the facility was attended by acting public health minister, Dr. Suraya Dalil, local officials, lawmakers and US military officials.

    Funded by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the project, having an 18-month timescale, is estimated to cost $5,400,000, deputy director of public health department, Dr. Hayat Habib, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    The facility would have modern equipment, he said, adding the district currently lacked such modern hospital.

    The one-storey building is being constructed over 15 acres of land. It would have an emergency unit, a laboratory, surgical, maternity wards and outdoor patient department (OPD).  

    The USACE in a statement said funds for the project would be provided under the US Military Emergency Response Programme and managed by a group of American engineers deployed to the south.

    The statement said the Ministry of Public Health was committed to shoulder other responsibilities like hiring professionals for the hospital.

    The Shindand district chief, Abdul Nabi Bahadari, said the facility would help resolve people’s problems relating to health.