A polyclinic at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospitalin Kabul, constructed with financial support from India, was inaugurated on Thursday, officials said.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Public Health Minister Dr. Firozuddin Firoz, Indian Ambassador Amir Sinha and other officials participated in the inauguration ceremony.
Constructed and equipped at a cost of $5million, the polyclinic has facilities like CT scan machine, MRI, Echocardiography, Electrocardiography and X-ray, Firoz told the ceremony.
He said the Indian government had also promise providing $1million more for the maintenance of the polyclinic over the next four years.
Dr. Abdullah thanked India for the establishment of the polyclinic,a huge step toward improving the health sector of the country. The number of maternal and child deaths would decline and will reduce the numbers of people going to foreign countries for treatment.
Improvement of the health sector was among the government’s priorities, he said, thanking public health employees for working in an insecure security situation.
Amir Sinha said India had been providing technical and financial support to the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital for nearly 50 years and would continue to do so over the next 10 years.
The 350-bed hospital was constructed with the help of India in 1971 in Kabul. The hospital has trauma, ENT, Orthopedic, a centre for burn injuries, skin and some other departments for children.