Logaris urge early completion of 300-bed hospital
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The fate of a huge 300-bed hospital in central Logar province remains unknown after construction work on the project came to a halt about three years ago.
Launched about nine years ago, construction work on the hospital project named “Naib Aminullah Khan Hospital” has been 80 percent completed.
Mohammad Nasir Ghairat, a member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The people of Logar are facing many problems due to a lack of enough medical facilities, but the central government, particularly the Public Health Ministry, has been negligent toward the hospital project.”
The public representative urged the officials concerned to resume construction work on the hospital keeping in mind problems being faced by Logar residents in the area of health.
“The Afghan government should press Pakistan to complete its in-complete hospital project in Logar,” the lawmaker said, claiming to have raised the issue several times on the assembly’s floor.
He said he had sent many letters to the Ministry of Public Health calling for work on the hospital to be resumed.
The MP said if the hospital was completed and put into service, it would help resolve many problems the people of Logar currently faced.
A resident of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, Mohammad Sadiq, told Pajhwok Afghan News the people of Logar were in dire need of more health facilities.
“There are no proper heath services here, we have no option but to either take our patients to Kabul or Pakistan.”
He said the Pakistan-funded hospital project was launched nine years ago but could not be completed so far.
A resident of Charkh district’s Pangram village, Inayatullah, told Pajhwok that Logar province needed a well-equipped and modern hospital.
“If the under-construction 300-bed hospital is completed and inaugurated, then we will no longer take our patients to Kabul.”
Logar public health director Dr. Gul Rahman Shahi said the Naib Aminullah Khan Logari hospital was being funded by Pakistan and a Pakistani company was constructing it.
He said work on the project came to a halt three years ago for unknown reasons. He said the five-storey hospital was being constructed on 10 acres of land and its 80 percent work had been completed. He said Pakistan had pledged $35 million for the hospital project.
Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, said the hospital project should have been completed a few years ago.
“The governor’s house has many times discussed the hospital with the Ministry of Public Health and the governor himself had mentioned it in Cabinet meetings. However, it is fortunate that Pakistan has promised to complete the hospital this solar year.”
He said the mega hospital was a priority for local officials and work on it would be resumed soon.
Currently there are three hospitals and 45 pubic ad private health clinics in Logar.
Efforts at seeking comments from the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul about the Logar hospital project did not succeed.
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