GoP installs oxygen plant at MAJH in Kabul

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – December 1, 2020
KABUL (Afghanistan): An oxygen production plant fixed at Muhammed Ali Jinnah Hospital (MAJH) in Kabul, gifted by the government of Pakistan (GoP), was inaugurated on Monday to cater to the needs of Afghan patients.

According to a press release, Afghanistan’s health minister Ahmad Jawad Usmani along-with Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The MAJH is, a sign of goodwill by the GoP, where free of cost treatment is provided to Afghan patients.

The instalment of oxygen production plant will allow the doctors to effectively diagnose Covid-19 (coronavirus) patients, the plant has the capacity of providing oxygen to over 200 beds in addition to the capacity of extra 50 oxygen balloons per hour and around 1,200 balloons in 24 hours.

The MAJH is a 200-bed, state-of-the-art hospital in Kabul, funded by the GoP which was initiated in 2007 under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) and handed over to the government of Afghanistan (GoA) in 2019 on completion.

On this occasion, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Khan said that Pakistan has pledged one billion dollars as assistance to Afghanistan.

Only in health sector three hospitals have been completed at a cost of $72 million which include MAJH in Kabul, Naib Aminullah Hospital in Logar and Nishter Kidney Hospital in Jalalabad.

He further stated that the GoP has proposed the possibility of converting MAJH into a post graduate teaching hospital wherein doctors trained from Pakistan could continue their post graduate training under supervision of leading Pakistani medical institutes.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Khan expressed that he wishes to extend the existing facilities at MAJH by incorporating a cancer block and other facilities.

He further said that his embassy is closely coordinating with Afghan government through health and foreign affairs ministries on aforementioned proposals.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Khan elaborated upon the new visa policy for Afghan nationals wherein special priority is given to Afghan patients, even if their health is deemed serious, and are issued the visas at Torkham border which shows serious commitment by the GoP.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by health professionals, media and other dignitaries.