KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of Zheri district in southern Kandahar province demand resumption of work stopped two years ago on a 30-bed hospital.
Haji Mohammad Nabi, an elder of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that construction work on the hospital was launched around two years ago.
At the time, the elder recalled, government officials said the hospital would be completed in two years, but work on the facility was stopped after its 50 percent completion.
Haji Nabi said Zheri district was located along the highway between Kandahar and Herat provinces and was a strategically important district.
According to Nabi, the residents of Zheri district have been facing health related problems and other issues. Work on the hospital has been stopped for unknown reason.
Akhtar Mohammad, another resident, told Pajhwok health services were inadequate in the district and construction of the 30-bed hospital was urgently needed. He said they had to take their patients to Kandahar City for treatment.
According to Public Health Department, the 30-bed hospital is being constructed on 20 acres of land at a cost of 30 million afghanis funded by India.
Bahir Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Governor Hayatullah Hayat during a visit to Kabul had asked for restarting work the Zheri hospital and some other projects.
He said a few days back an official of the Ministry of Economy Ahmad Riaz Sidiqi arrived in Kandahar at the head of a delegation and visited reconstruction projects.
According to him, construction work of the hospital would be restarted and the project completed as soon as possible.