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Ghazni Civil Hospital urgently needs new building

Ghazni Civil Hospital urgently needs new building

Apr 23, 2017 - 15:28

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Public healthinfo-icon officials in southern Ghazni province on Sunday said despite the lapse of 12 years, the provincial civil hospital’s building is yet to be constructed.

Public Health Director Dr. Zahir Shah Nekmal, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said a contract for the construction of the hospital had thrice been signed in the past 12 years, but practical work on the project was yet to be initiated.

“The first plan suggested the hospital to be built in Ali Lala Township will have 200 beds. Later, the number of beds was reduced to 50 but the contractors ran away,” he said.

Finally, construction work on the building started in 2014 but the process was stopped for unknown reasons. The resumption of the construction process was still awaited, he said.

“I searched a lot and finally found the contractor. The owner of the company, in a telephone call, told me the government has not paid his money,” added Nekmal, who was appointed as public health director two months ago.

He had no information about the funds allocated for the project. “I talked about the building’s construction to the Ministry of Public Health several times, but the officials there told me it would be completed until 2019.”

However, he said the building needed urgent construction as the old one was under threat of collapse. “One part of the old building has collapsed, another has been vacated and there is only a limited working space for doctors,” he said.

Mohammad Kazim, a resident of the province, said corruption was one of the reasons for delay in the project implementation. “A large area of land has been allocated for the hospital. We were promised a hospital will be built here, but work is yet to be initiated.”

Another resident of Ghazni, Lal Mohammad, also urged the government to construct a new building for the hospital as soon as possible. “The old building does not have enough capacity for patients, some of whom are put in corridors while others have to wait or visit private hospitals.”

Patients from Zabul, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Bamyan and Maidan Wardak provinces also refer to this hospital for treatment, in addition to traffic accident casualties on the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway.


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