The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan has established the first specialized surgical center for pediatric, newborn cardiac deformities at the Indira Gandhi Child Health Hospital in the capital Kabul. The center was established with financial support from Italy, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Italy has provided 3.2 million Euros for the construction of the center, staff training and installation of the equipment, the statement said. “With the establishment of the center a significant number of children who need to undergo heart surgery will not have to refer to the high cost for treatment to abroad," Health Minister Feroz said. According to the statement, annually, a huge number of children and infants who are suffering from cardiac deformities travel to foreign countries for treatment. However, the establishment of new specialized health facilities will not meet the health needs of the citizens but it will also improve the quality of the health services. "In the near future, the center with the help of Ministry of Public Health and Italy will start working, this center will help a large number of children who are suffering from heart disease to be cured in country," the statement added.
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