A cancer diagnostic center was inaugurated at state-owned Ibn-e-Sina Hospital in Kabul on Saturday as the Ministry of Public Health says almost 20,000 are diagnosed with center every year in Afghanistan.
According to statistics of the Ministry of Public Health, most cases include breast and blood cancer.
The center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, the Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz said at the inaugural ceremony.
He added that at least $1 million has been invested in the center.
The facility will help Afghan patients not to travel abroad for diagnosis and treatment purposes.
“We were sending the samples or the patients out of the country for diagnosis. One of our wishes was to establish a center, at least first in Kabul and then in Afghanistan provinces, to address one of our people’s main needs,” said Feroz.
Some patients who are under treatment at Ibn-e-Sina Hospital said they are excited about the development and that poor people are unable to travel abroad for treatment.
“This is a good step, it is development and we are happy that this center is opened,” said Abdul Hamid, a Kabul resident.
“Such problems are most common in provinces. Government should pay attention to the provinces,” said Ziaullah, a Kabul resident.