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PublishDate: Wednesday, January 22, 201413:40

Communicable Disease Hospital inaugurated in Kabul

In recent years, the number of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB patients has been growing due to improper medical prescription by physicians and/or cessation of treatment by patients.

Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital was built in Darul Aman area, north of the capital, Kabul, an official said Sunday. 

“The official inaugural ceremony of Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in the Darul Aman area took place on January 18, 2014 with the participation of Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health and Mr. Takao Makino, Parliamentary Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. 

The ceremony was also attended by some officials of Japan’s embassy, in charges of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), some parliament members and a numbers of health development partners, the statement said. 

Japan built the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital through its grant aide totalling USD 28 million. The hospital features an 80-bed facility for tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS, as well as a laboratory with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology such as digital X-ray machines. The hospital will also provide health services for outpatients. 

In Afghanistan, communicable diseases are leading causes of death. In particular, TB remains a serious threat. Afghanistan is one of the 22 countries worst affected by TB. It is estimated that 70000 new TB cases are found each year, resulting in 20000 casualties annually. 

In recent years, the number of multi-drug-resistant (MDR)

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