President Ashraf Ghani during his visit to Kandahar met with medics from public and private hospitals and heard their wants, recommendations and problems in terms of increasing district health centers, lack of midwives and female vaccinators, Taliban polio vaccination ban, supporting private hospitals and equipping the newly-inaugurated 350-bed hospital in Kandahar, as per a statement of the presidential palace.
President Ghani congratulated the doctors and medics for inauguration of the 350-bed hospital and praised their excellent service delivery, particularly during the natural disaster incidents.
The president also expressed concern over the challenges and obstacles to the polio vaccination campaign and said Afghans themselves should take the lead of the campaign. He asked all sides of the conflicts to respect impartiality of the health sector across the country, including Kandahar.
He said as head of the government, he is responsible to provide equal services to all parts of the country.
He added that the difference between the government and the Taliban is that the government is committed to providing services to the entire nation equally, while the Taliban are committed to deter these services.
The president declared the government’s readiness to distribute lands for building healthcare townships to be dedicated to healthcare service delivery. He said the government stands ready to provide facilities for private sector interested to build health centers and hospitals in districts.
President Ghani instructed the Ministry of Public Health to take necessary measures to construct maternity and pediatrics hospital in Kandahar, as the province should deliver services at southern zone level.
The president asked the doctors to assess and determine the areas requiring capacity building so that the government understand where to align its capacity building initiatives.