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Health centres closed, spurious drugs torched

Health centres closed, spurious drugs torched

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Feb 16, 2013 - 19:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Some healthinfo-icon centers, failing to provide proper services, have been closed and 350 tonnes of substandard medicine torched, the public health minister announced on Saturday.

Dr. Suraya Dalil told reporters in Kabul that the government had banned products of 13 international pharmaceuticals from being imported into Afghanistaninfo-icon over the past six months.

Based on a six-month assessment by public health officials, seven private hospitals were permanently closed and 80 others temporarily shut and directed to fix their problems.

At least four private hospitals were referred to the Attorney-General Office for legal action, she said, adding 48 diagnostic clinics had been shut down for violating public health laws.

Dalil said that 151 laboratories, seven physiotherapies, 226 clinics, 32 ultrasound facilities, 27 X-ray and 15 cardiography centres would reopen after they improved their services.

Currently, 88 private hospitals are functioning in Kabul and 94 in the provinces.

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