Funded by the government of Germany, the new hospital costs more than one billion AFN. The new facility will provide appropriate health care for mothers and children living in Balkh and the neighboring provinces. The German government provides funding over AFN 1 billion. Afghan Minister of Public Health said: “Upon completion of this hospital’s construction, access of health services to mothers and children living in Balkh and nearby provinces will be considerably improved.” The Deputy German Consul added: “The mother and child hospital will be an important step in fighting child diseases as well as mother and child mortality. We encourage the Afghan authorities to manage the hospital sustainably.” The new hospital will provide adequate obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric medical services in 3 different blocks. After the construction’s completion, the hospital will be equipped with ultrasound, neonatal incubators, patient monitors, X-ray shield etc. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is responsible for the construction of the mother and child hospital, and the provincial Health Department is closely monitoring the process. It is estimated that the new mother and child hospital will be handed over to the authorities by August 2018.
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