KABUL (Pajhwok): Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospital officials say the capacity of orthopedic and joints surgeries at the hospital have increased by double accounted for more than 2,000 surgeries each month.
Dr. Ahmad Gul Ayubi, hospital director during an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said that the capacity for accepting patients of the hospital increased after the president visited the facility last year.
“There were many critics against this hospital in regards of services, but I tried to improve health services for the public since the last one year when I am appointed as director of the hospital,” he said.
He added currently more than 1,000 people visit the hospital on daily basis while 400 outpatients and the rest others hospitalized and received higher level treatment.
“In the past, non-emergency patients were waiting for up to three weeks for their turn but now the time shortened to two to three days,” he said.
Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospital containing 220 beds and was built in 1964. It is one of the major hospitals of the country and provides services in internal medicines, general and orthopedic surgeries.
Ayubi said that the hospital turned to an emergency health center due to referring of a large number of patients to it but it had no enough resources compared to the number of patients.
He said that some equipments and resources were provided to the hospital such as surgery beds increased from six to nine but they were still not enough.
Health services are free of cost but most of medical examinations such as MRI and CT scans should be performed outside due to lack of these equipments inside the hospital, he said.
Ahmadullah, a resident of Kunduz province, who brought his father to the hospital, said that his father was hospitalized due to leg bone fracture.
He was happy from the hospital service and good behavior of health workers there and said the doctors would perform a surgery on his father.