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Government to refer ‘illegal healthcare institutions’ to judiciary

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KABUL: The ministry of public health warns to refer those medical facilities earlier closed due “illegal activities” to judicial bodies if they tried to restart activities.

Ahmad Khaled Ahadi, head of the ministry’s law implementation department said Saturday that “tens of illegal healthcare institutions” were closed in the past six months in Kabul city.

“These facilities were illegally and arbitrarily working. We managed to close 14 hospitals, 45 diagnosis clinics, 80 dental clinics, 26 laboratories and more than 20 phlebotomy centers,” said Ahadi.

He added that six diagnosis clinics, 15 dental clinics and six labs received work permit after legal processes.

Ahadi said that heads of six facilities that restarted activities without permission, were introduced to attorney general office.

He said all of these medical centers were private, adding that similar institutions would be assessed in other 33 provinces too.

Hasib Amin, head of the Roghtia private clinic acknowledged that his medical facility was working illegally.

“I was running this clinic for several months. But I didn’t have work permit from the ministry of public health, thus, they closed my clinic. I promise not to reopen it until I receive permission.”

According to ministry of public health, more than 400 private hospitals, 100 diagnosis clinics and over 5,000 doctors have work permission in Kabul.

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