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India equips emergency, diagnostic wards of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The India government has constructed and provided modern medical equipments to the emergency and diagnostic wards of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health.

India’s Ambassador to Kabul Amar Sinha and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah inaugurated the newly constructed polyclinic and diagnostic center here on Thursday.

India has provided $5 million to construct and equip the emergency and diagnostic wards. The wards have facilities like X-ray, electrocardiography, echocardiography, MRI, ultrasound, blood-bank, and an operation theater.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Amar Sinha said that after assassination of the Indian premier Indira Gandhi in 1984, the India government has decided to construct a hospital in her name in Kabul.

He said the India government is supporting the hospital for the last 31 years.

Speaking about historical ties between Afghanistan and India, Sinha said that New Delhi’s ties with Kabul are time-tested and historical. The ambassador said that India has supported Afghanistan in different fields.

He said that India would continue to support Afghanistan aimed improving healthcare services. “For improvement of Afghan children’s health, we are determined to support another section of the hospital in the near future,” he said.

Abdullah Abdullah said the two countries are time-tested friends. He said that India has proved its friendship while practically assisting Afghanistan in different areas.

Collaboration of India for improvement of Afghan children’s health is important, visible from expansion of healthcare services in Indira Gandhi Hospital, said the chief executive officer, adding, “We hope the relations and cooperation will remain stable between the two nations.”

Minister of Public Health, Firuzuddin Firoz, said the two important wards of the hospital are equipped with modern facilities and provide extraordinary diagnostic and urgent operation services to children.

He said the Indian government has also pledged to provide $1 million for maintenance of the newly constructed wards for the next five years.

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