US forces turn over health facility to villagers
KABUL (PAN): US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said on Wednesday it was working with the Kabul Health Directorate, the Ministry of Education, and local leadership to begin using a facility built to benefit residents of the Walayati village in Bagrami district.
The US military built the 11-room facility at a cost of id="mce_marker"94,572 at the request of Walayati leaders to provide medical services for the villagers, who must travel five miles to the next nearest health clinic.
A report released today by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction expressed concerns that the facility remained unoccupied and may not have adequate power and water supplies. The SIGAR report noted the facility was not completed according to design specifications.
USFOR-A said its engineers recently visited the facility and verified that it was structurally sound and equipped to provide adequate power and water for use as a medical clinic. “Engineers also noted that one hot water heater may have been removed and the restrooms were not separated for males and females, as specified in the original...”
A USFOR-A team also met with village leadership and Afghan government representatives to ensure the facility was being properly maintained and that there was a plan to occupy it.
Ministry of Public Health officials said they had faced challenges in finding health care providers to work in the clinic. The government has decided to allow the Ministry of Education to temporarily use the facility as a library and offices until the MoPH can staff and equip the building as a clinic.
USFOR-A hailed the insight and recommendations of SIGAR and other outside organisations, pledging to continue to refine its processes to ensure the appropriate allocation of resources to support its Afghan partners.
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