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    Work on hospital, schools launched

    KHOST CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): Work on a drug rehabilitation centre and two schools was launched in Khost on Thursday, Nangarhar and Jawzjan provinces, officials said.

    Funded by the counternarcotics department the 20-bed rehab would be constructed on 10 acres of land in the Khost City, the governor said. It will cost $260,208 (13,000,000 afs).

    Abdul Jabbar Naeemi told Pajhwok Afghan News the 24-room hospital would have all facilities to treat drug addicts in Khost and neighbouring provinces.

    Based on a report from the counternarcotics department, more that 40,000 Khost residents are addicted on different kinds of drugs.

    The foundation stone of a World Bank-funded school was lied in the Kama district of eastern Nangarhar province. The school would have eight classrooms, four administrative rooms, toilets and other facilities, said Asif Shinwari, the education department spokesman.

    He added the project will cost $116,000  and take nine months to complete.

    Meanwhile, work on a school and a seminary, funded by the Bayat Foundation, was initiated in the Chehel Joyee area on the outskirts of Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province.

    Haji Ismail, deputy head of the foundation, said the school and seminary would account for $160,128 and benefit 600 boys and girls.

    mrh /mud