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‘Government officials spoiling image of private hospitals’

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: After that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) sealed nine private hospitals, private health centers association said that some government officials are spoiling the image of private hospitals.

Aziz Amir, head of the association, told reporters on Friday that the MoPH have sealed some private hospitals without assessing their performances.  He said that private hospitals treat around 8 million patients annually. “If the government seal private healthcare centers, then people would have no other choice, than going for treatment abroad,” he added.

The MoPH recently blacklisted nine private hospitals and limited the activities of 28 other hospitals. The ministry said that the above mentioned hospitals lacked facilities and professionals to treat patients.

The blacklisted hospitals include Ali Sina Hospital based in Kart-e Seh, Spinghar Hospital in Kot-e Sangi, Madawa Hospital on Company Road, Shamsur Raman Hospital in Kart-e Now, Karim Rahman Hospital in Khair Khana, Gulab Ahmad Zai Hospital in Arzan Qeemat, Halaj Hospital in Khair Khana, Faisal Hospital on Sarsabzi Road and Khurami Hospital in Khair Khana.

The Minister of Public Health, Ferozuddin Feroz, while talking to Azadi Radio said: “The blacklisted hospitals in their advertisements through TVs and radios were falsely telling people that they are capable of providing standard healthcare services.”

He said that they will not allow the hospitals to resume their activities, unless they improve their performance.

According to reports, around 50 percent people of Afghanistan don’t have access to standard healthcare services.

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