Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan on June 24, 2015 laid foundation for a new provincial hospital in Nooristan.
Paiwandgāh Citizen Journalist Ihsanullah Hussaini reported that is hospital will hold 50 beds and will provide many healthcare facilities to the residents of Nooristan.
Hussaini adds that costs of building the hospital are estimated to be 18,67,00,000Afs and will be paid for by the Ministry of Public Health. The hospital is expected to be ready for service in three years.
Nooristan is a distance province in Afghanistan that faces several security issues. As a result, infrastructural development in the province has been slow. There are very few health care facilities in the province causing residents to travel far to access medical care. The province has only three other government hospital each with 30 beds, Hussaini informs.
Besides, these existing hospitals are located in Dwab, Want and Wigal districts. However, the new hospital will be located in the central Paroon city, making more accessible to the locals.
Also, the existing hospitals have basic facilities and resources and cannot cater to all needs. As a result, most people are forced to travel to Kunar and Jalalabad for their treatments, he adds. Most expecting mothers too have to travel outside of the province for child birth and maternal care.
Often those in need of immediate medical attention tend to loose their lives because of the delay in getting them to a hospital, narrates Hussaini. This project will bridge the gap between people’s needs and public services in Nooristan, he hopes