Work begins on new 50-bed hospital in Nuristan
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Construction work has begun on a 50-bed hospital in Paroon, the capital of eastern Nuristan province, to increase healthcare services to the people, the acting governor said on Wednesday.
Hafiz Abdul Qayum told Pajhwok Afghan News the under-construction hospital would be completed over the next three years at a cost of 186.7 million afghanis from the Ministry of Public Health.
Qayum said the single-storey hospital building would have 80 rooms equipped with required facilities and where surgical operations would be performed. He also said the Public Health Ministry would hire services of specialist doctors in the hospital.
The shortage of doctors especially of lady doctors, remoteness of health centers and their equipment are main challenges the people of Nuristan face.
There are only four health clinics and centers in districts but they are not properly equipped and have been struggling with a lack of staff.
Ismail Stanikzai, the provincial director health, confirmed several problems plagued the health sector. He said patients visited other provinces for treatment and the new hospital would facilitate around 175000 local people and would have a labor room as well as an operation theatre.
Abdul Rahman, a local resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News the new hospital would help prevent people from taking their patients on ratty roads from Nuristan to Laghman and Nangarhar. He said there was a dearth of specialist doctors and midwives in Paroon.
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