28pc of work on 350-bed Kandahar hospital completed
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Twenty-eight percent of construction work on a 350-bed hospital in southern Kandahar province has been completed, officials said on Friday.
With the completion of the hospital, health facilities would be provided for people of the entire southern region, Director of Public HealthDr. Abdul Qayyum Pukhlatold Pajhwok Afghan News.
The four-storey hospital is being constructed on 86.5 acres of land in the Aino Mina area of Kandahar City. The project costing $9.2 million would be executed in four years, he said.
Pukhla added the hospital would benefit the people of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul and nearby provinces. Currently, doctors at the zonal hospital could not properly respond to the needs of all patients.
Those injured in blasts, war and traffic accidents have to face problems, according to the director, who hoped the construction of the new hospital would resolve health problems of the region.
Kandahar’s population had reached 2 million people, with inadequate access to health services in remote districts of the province, he said, adding there were only 97 medical facilities across the province.
Due to the poor security situation, there is no health facility in the Shorabak and Registan districts of the province. Officials have been trying to extend health services to remote parts.
As part of efforts to expand healthcare, 21 projects including quality improvement, mobile health teams and construction of children’s ward in Mirwais Hospital are under way in the province.
In addition to the government-run hospital and health facilities, there are many private hospitals and clinics in the province. But the people still had to go abroad for treatment, noted resident Fazal Mohammad, who sought quality of services in the under-construction hospital.
The government should try to pay more attention both to quality and quantity of health services, observed a resident of Nesh district, Saifullah.The people of remote areas could not access health facilities in time due to the bad condition of roads, he said.
At least 97 health facilities, including 14 clinics, are operational in the province. Fifty governmentand two private clinics are active in 17 districts and the rest in the provincial capital.
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