Pakistan’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, said on Twitter he met with the acting health minister from Afghanistan, Qalandar Ibad, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the health ministry of the Islamic Emirate, based on which medical colleges will be established in Afghanistan.
“Also signed & exchanged notes regarding postgraduate training of doctors, to be nominated by Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan, by College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. Pakistan will start with training of 20 specialists and increase the number in future course. Khyber Medical University Peshawar, which had trained hundreds of Afghan doctors, will establish medical college campuses in Afghanistan to help that country to achieve self-sufficiency in healthcare services,” Sadiq tweeted.
According to Saddiq's tweets, Islamabad will cooperate in the health sector of Afghanistan.
“Pakistan has agreed to extend financial support for smooth operations of these hospitals in short to medium term and support private sector to run these hospitals under public private partnerships in the long term,” Sadiq tweeted.
Sharaft Zaman Amrakhail, spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Health, said that Pakistan will cooperate with Afghanistan in terms of increasing the capacity of doctors.
"With the help of this memorandum of agreement, we can make it easier for Afghan doctors to obtain FCPS and MCPS degrees. These degrees and trainings meet all internationally accepted criteria,” the spokesman said.
However, doctors at the of Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital said some medical devices are in disrepair and there are shortages at the hospital.
"The hospital is now facing several shortages, including medicine, food, and water,” said Mohammad Ghufran Naseh, a doctor.
"Even though the hospital has been open for about two and a half years, often we can't use all of their equipment,” said Abdul Ghiyas Momand, a doctor.
Pakistan built Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad and Amnanullah Logari Hospital in Logar Province and they are still operating.
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