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PublishDate: Saturday, February 2, 201318:10

China-built hospital helps Afghan war victims in Kandahar

More than 3,400 civilians lost their lives in conflicts in 2012 in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials, while up to 3,021 civilians had been killed in 2011 in the central Asian country.

The protracted war and conflicts have converted a China-built general hospital in Kandahar to a main surgical center for the war victims in the southern Afghan region -- a former stronghold for insurgent groups.
 
"My family shifted me to Chinese Kandahar hospital shortly after I was wounded in a roadside bombing in Uruzgan province days ago. I had two surgery operations in my leg so far. Thanks to doctors of this big hospital," Abdul Ghafoor, 17, told Xinhua at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, widely-known as Chinese Kandahar hospital among the locals. 

"The Mirwais Regional Hospital was build in 1974 by the Chinese government and it began operation with 250 beds in 1979 as a general hospital for Kandahar and neighboring Uruzgan, Zabul, and Helmand provinces," Dr. Daud Farhad, head of the hospital, told in a recent interview. 

Due to an increase in the number of conflict-related victims in the region in 1996, the Afghan Ministry of Health and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) signed an agreement to extend the surgery part to a Surgical Center for war victims, according to Farhad. 

From1996 up to now, particularly over the past 10 years, the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar is the most important center for war and trauma surgery in southern Afghanistan," said Farhad, also a surgery specialist in the hospital. 

More than 3,400 civilians lost their lives in conflicts in 2012 in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials, while up to 3,021 civilians had been killed in 2011 in the central Asian country.

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