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First-ever infectious diseases hospital opens in Paktia

First-ever infectious diseases hospital opens in Paktia

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25 May 2023 - 21:41
First-ever infectious diseases hospital opens in Paktia
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25 May 2023 - 21:41

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A new hospital exclusively for infectious diseases has been opened in this capital city of southeastern Paktia province after receiving equipment and medicines worth 52 million afghanis in aid.

Public Health Department officials say patients from nearby provinces will also be treated in the hospital.

Public Health Director Dr. Sadruddin Azam told Pajhwok the special hospital for infectious diseases was made functional in cooperation with the World Organization (WHO) which provided equipment and supplies worth 52 million afghanis.

He said currently 50 medical and administrative staff had been appointed in the hospital, which would be equipped by WHO for up to six months.

Azam said a special hospital for treatment of infectious and contagious diseases was needed as such diseases erupted frequently and their treatment in other hospital was difficult.

WHO head in Paktia Dr. Welayat Khan told Pajhwok having a special hospital for the control of infectious diseases was an important requirement as per WHO policy.

He said infectious diseases affected many people worldwide and could be easily and quickly transmitted from one person to another.

He said they provided laboratory, medicines, administrative and other technical equipment worth 52 million afghanis to the new hospital.

Khan said the hospital staff would be paid salaries and provided medicines for six months by WHO and after six months, they would be paid under new contract.

The hospital for infectious disease is the first of its kind in Paktia where no such facility existed before.

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