By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABU: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) received six ambulances as part of the ongoing support provided by the Republic of Korea and the UNICEF to save the lives of women and children in provinces of Daikundi and Ghor. The ambulances procured by the UNICEF will be used to improve the referral systems for maternal and newborns in the two remote provinces.
Ambassador of Korea to Kabul, Cha Young-cheol, handed over keys of the ambulances to the Afghan health minister Ferozuddin Feroz in a ceremony held here on Monday. The ambulances will be sent to Daikundi and Ghor provinces to shift the patients in critical condition from clinics to hospitals.
Cha Young-cheol said that his country would continue its support for providing healthcare services to Afghans.
“The Republic of Korea as a responsible member of the international community shares its development experience, particularly in the health and education services. We along with the UNICEF support efforts of the Afghan government and communities to improve maternal, neonatal and child health in deprived provinces. I hope Korea’s contribution makes a difference,” said the South Korean ambassador.
He said that people of Korea is aware of the problems faced by Afghans and are interested to support Afghan children and mothers who are in dire need of emergency treatment. Afghanistan and Korea are enjoying friendly relations, he added.
Ferozuddin Feroz thanked Korea for the aid and said that these ambulances would help the ministry to provide healthcare services to more people in Daikundi and Ghor provinces.
“Korea and other international organizations particularly the UNICEF had contributed significantly to support the health ministry’s objectives and programs including vaccination, capacity building and nutrition programs,” he said.
He said that donation of the ambulances by Korea could help in reduction of the maternal and child mortality rate in the country.