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Hospital gets life-saving equipment

Hospital gets life-saving equipment

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Mar 06, 2013 - 19:14

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The International Organization for Migrationinfo-icon (IOM) on Wednesday said it had handed over "life-saving medical equipment" worth $52,000 to the Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul.

The Japanese-funded equipment delivered to the 350-bed hospital could benefit 600 patients daily and would be used to carry out advanced laboratory testing and surgical procedures for mothers-to-be, newborns and children, the IMO said in a statement.

"This equipment is scientifically proven to decrease costs, save time, minimise errors and improve productivity in a hospital," the statement said, adding the donation was part of IOM's Return of Qualified Afghans (RQA) programme.

The programme is aimed to contribute to nation-building and the rehabilitation of social services by facilitating the return of skilled Afghans from all over the worldinfo-icon with a focus on priority sectors including educationinfo-icon and healthinfo-icon.

Still amongst the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, in Afghanistaninfo-icon, at least one woman in 50 dies while giving birth. The number of children who die before the age of 5 is about one in 10.

The IOM said 1,365 Afghan experts, including 200 womeninfo-icon, who lived abroad between 2002 and ¬2013 had returned to Afghanistan from more than 30 countries to participate in rebuilding their nation.

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