KABUL: The United Arab Emirates has opened a 1000-square meter field hospital in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to help deliver relief and medical aid to quake-hit people in southeast.
The hospital was sent by the UAE as part of a wide-ranging relief aid package that has been delivered to Afghanistan since a strong earthquake struck last month.
The hospital includes 75 beds, 20 oxygen cylinders and two operating theatres and will contribute to a rapid medical response unit for those injured who require urgent medical assistance, the WAM news agency reported.
“Establishing the field hospital comes as part of the UAE’s efforts to respond to challenges and provide rapid medical intervention and life-saving treatment to those in difficult-to-reach areas most affected by the earthquake,” said UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan Eisa Aldhaheri.
Several aid shipments have been sent to Afghanistan from the UAE since President Sheikh Mohamed ordered an air bridge be established to provide relief following last month’s disaster.
At least 1,150 people were killed in the quake, according to official figures. More than 2,000 people were also injured and around 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed in the disaster.
It is estimated that thousands more Afghans need rapid medical intervention and continued care.