India to help treat 4,000 Afghan kids with VSD
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Saturday said 4,000 Afghan children with a hole in the heart called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) would be treated over the next five years with support from India.
A contract worth $5million was signed between Indian Ambassador to Kabul Amar Sinha and ARCS chairperson Fatima Gilani.
After signing the contract, Fatima said VSD was a serious disease in Afghanistan, but was common in many Asian countries.
She thanked the Indian government for its support in the treatment of children suffering from VSD, saying that they had also encouraged hajj pilgrims to contribute at least 1000 afghanis each to the ARCS fund in this regard.
Under the agreement, India would incur $3000 expenses on each VSD patient, but in case of a complicated CSD problem, the expenses could reach $4000 to $12,000 and the surplus money should be paid by ARCS.
She also thanked Kam Air Airlines and Alokozai Group Companies for the provision of two-way ticket for the children to New Delhi.
Amar Sinha said he was happy his country would help the children, saying they would also conduct training programmes for Afghan cardiologists handling simple CSD cases at the French hospital in Afghanistan.
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