The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) introduced 180 children who are affected with hole in the heart syndrome to the hospitals in capital Kabul within the last month.
A spokesman for the ARCS, Irfanullan Sharafzai, said that efforts are underway to establish a 400-bed hospital for the children who are affected by holes in their hearts.
“The ARSC is planning to establish a 50-bed hospital for the treatment of the patients suffering from holes in their hearts,” he said.
The families of the children who are suffering from heart holes called on the organizations to boost medical facilities for their children.
2-year-old Saleha has been brought to Kabul by his family from Kunar for treatment.
“We took her somewhere; they said there is a possibility she would have heart hole disease. After that, I went to ARCS and they referred me here,” said Fazullah, father of Saleha.
“We are poor people. We don't even have the taxi fare. If they are treated in our province, that would be better,” said Gulabuddin, a father whose child was affected by a heart hole.
Based on figures of the ARCS, 977 children affected by heart holes have been treated over the past six months in the country. The expenses of surgery of each patient costs between $900 to $2,000.