KABUL: The Red Cross Society of China promised to continue providing medical treatment to Afghan children suffering from heart diseases and equipping the hospital treating such children in Afghanistan.
Chen Zhu, head of the Red Cross Society of China, told a press conference here that Afghanistan and China kept their friendly relations and it was a place of pleasure that the peoples of the two countries were interested in cooperating each other in different fields.
He said the Red Cross Society of China was committed to continuing cooperation with Afghanistan, particularly in the treatment of children suffering from heart ailments.
The Afghan Red Crescent Society has built a hospital in Kabul for treatment of children with heart diseases, but the facility is yet to be inaugurated.
Mahran Sadaqat, spokesman of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Red Cross Society of China had promised to help equip the hospital and train its personnel.
The Red Cross Society of China head said his country had been able to treat more than a hundred Afghan children with congenital heart diseases last year.
China would also treat 300 children with similar diseases this ongoing year, he said.
Chen Zhu said the Red Cross Society of China on Saturday provided $200,000 in aid to the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
Afghan officials say the money would be spent on assisting people affected in recent incidents.
“I want relations between Afghanistan and China to improve and peace is established in our neighboring country,” Zhu said.
Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan was also present at the conference. “People and governments of the two countries have always been friendly and today once again we reaffirm our cooperation to treat Afghan children who suffer from heart diseases,” he said.
He said China had also opened a hospital in Kunduz province and his country’s support to Afghanistan would continue in health area.
Afghan Red Crescent Society said around 16,000 children in Afghanistan were suffering from congenital heart diseases, of which 9,000 have been treated inside the country so far.