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‘MSF leaves Kabul hospital after machine goes missing’

‘MSF leaves Kabul hospital after machine goes missing’

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Apr 01, 2019 - 18:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A TB detecting machine has gone missing from the Ahmad Shah Baba hospital in capital Kabul, prompting the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) organization to abandon the hospital, local residents claimed on Monday.

After working for almost 10 years in the hospital in Ahmad Shah Baba area, the MSF handed over its activities to the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, the ministry had said in a statement last Sunday.

A number of residents of the area, however, said it was the missing of the tuberculosis diagnosis machine that prompted the MSF to cease its activities in the hospital, but MSF officials said they had already made the decision in this regard.

Some residents of the Ahmad Shah Baba locality that falls in the limits of the 12th police district of Kabul, said they were happy with MSF services and urged continuation of MSF activities in the hospital.

Mohammad Asif Ahmadzai, a resident of Kart-i-Naw area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the MSF had been offering good quality health services to area people and most residents of the eastern part of Kabul would visit the hospital for being pleased with hospital’s services.

He said it surprised people that the MSF handed over its activities to the Ministry of Public Health but continued its services in Dashti Barchi locality of Kabul city.

He said: “We wish the MSF should not have made such a decision and continued its services in the Ahmad Shah Baba hospital.”

Hazrat Wali Ahmadzai, another resident of Ahmad Shah Baba area, highly appreciated MSF services in the past and demanded the organization continue its services in the area.

“As per my information, a diagnostic machine worth $80,000 had gone missing from the hospital thus the MSF decided to stop its activities in the hospital.

He said the TB diagnostic machine went missing last year.

Waheedullah Mayar, MoFH’s spokesman, was unaware about the missing of the diagnostic machine from the Ahmad Shah Baba hospital and said MSF officials had not informed them about it as yet. However, he appreciated MSF services in the hospital.

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