Health Ministry shuts down 9 private hospitals
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health has shut down nine private hospitals and put restriction on 23 other health facilities and disqualified licenses of 159 medicines factories, an official said Saturday.
Addressing a press conference, Health Minister Dr. Firuzuddin Firoz said of 124 private hospitals, the performance of 54 private health centres have been reviewed by the ministry one month back.
He said that health centres included Ali Sena, Spinghar, Mudawa, Shamsul Rahman Turki, Karim Rahman, Khurami, Elaj and Faisal were closed for offering poor or low health facilities.
Firoz stated Tolo-i-Sehat, Khwaja Musafar, Kamal Orthopedic, Fatematul Zahra, Nadera Sedeqi, Faizi, Makroryan birth hospital, Al Sayed, Al Bader, Babur, Kawsar Sena, Watan, Naser Khesraw Balkhi, Wahaj, Hasani, Bust, Ghani Afghan, Rahimi, Tolo, Imam-e-Zaman, Sayedul Shuhada and Sarwar-i-Kainat are 23 private hospitals which have been restricted.
He said that Ali Sena hospital established by a public health director had no license, forcing health hospital to ban the facility.
Also three months time were given to Zhwandon, Kim, Najib Sedeqi, Ariana, Afghan, Ariana Shafa, Sama, Razeqi, Mawla Ali, Shinozada, Sadaat, Kawsar, Alemi, Aria City, Kishah, Afghan Shafa and Bilasem hospitals to improve their services otherwise they would be stopped from functioning.
On other hand, private hospitals representatives welcomed this decision of health ministry.
Samiullah Wahaj, Wahaj hospital official expressed concern over the health ministry’s move by saying that his hospital was offering good health services.
Dr. Anqa Amin deputy of private hospitals association told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We want reform but this decision of health ministry is not fair. Ali Sena hospital is offering excellent services but closing the facility is injustice.”
A number of inhabitants of capital Kabul complained of high fee of private hospitals amid low quality health services of governmental hospitals.
They said that spending huge money on patients they had to shift their patients to Pakistan and India for treatment.
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