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Logaris want Pakistan-funded hospital completed

Logaris want Pakistan-funded hospital completed

Apr 12, 2017 - 21:40

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Three years have passed but construction work on a Pakistaninfo-icon-funded 300-bed hospital in central Logar province could not be resumed for unknown reasons.

Provincial council member Haseebullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News construction work on the Naib Aminullah Khan Hospital in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, had been stopped since long. “People need healthinfo-icon facilities because they face many health related issues in Logar; it’s been three years the hospital could not constructed.”

A tribal elder in Porak area of the provincial capital, Shah Mahmoud, also said Logar people faced serious issues concerning health.

Several years have passed since the hospital construction was started, but it hasn’t finished yet. People have no choice but take their patients to Kabulinfo-icon and other provinces for treatment.”  He said people hoped the government and the organisations concerned would soon finish the hospital project.

A resident of Pingaram area of Charakh district, Sayed Dawood, said: “Our people need a well equipped hospital, it is a shame our government is not able to build a hospital in 10 years.”

He said if the Naib Aminullah Khan Hospital’s construction was completed, Logar residents wouldn’t have to take their patients to Kabul and other provinces.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member from Logar Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai said the government was committing negligence in completing the hospital. “The government should put pressure on Pakistan to finish work on the hospital. The government should not neglect the project.”

Stanikzai said he had many times raised the issue on the National Assembly floor and had also sent letters to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

Meanwhile, acting Public Health Minister Dr. Gul Rahman Shahi said construction of the hospital had been stopped for unknown reasons.

“About 80 percent construction work of the hospital has been done. At the beginning of last year, work on it was re-launched but was again stopped.”

Shahi said under the agreement, Pakistan should spend $27 million on the hospital and provide another eight million dollars for medical equipment. “The construction of the hospital is a non-discretionary project as its budget and work is being done by Pakistanis themselves.”

Shahi the hospital would have wards for general surgery, maternity, internal medicine, orthopaedic, stomatology, ophthalmology and others.

If the hospital is put into service besides Logar, inhabitants from neighbouring provinces will also be able to bring their patients for treatment.

Logar governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, said construction work on the hospital had been politicized. “Whenever our relations with Pakistan soar, Pakistan stops work on the hospital.”

Saleh said the governor had many times discussed the issue with Pakistani authorities who had assured hospital’s completion in 2016, a deadline that had passed.

He said construction of the hospital topped the provincial government’s priority list and they had put all their efforts into it.

This reporter tried to seek comments from the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, , however despite many attempts, a contact could not be established.

On the other hand, Pakistani authorities have frequently cited problems in visas and security issues that lead to delay in completion of projects.

Residents said there were three hospitals and 45 health centres in Logar, which couldn’t cope with the increasing pressure.



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