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Jinnah Hospital (Pashto: جناح روغتون‎; Dari: شفاخانه جناح‎) is a 200-bed hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.[1][2] It is currently the second-largest hospital in Afghanistan,[3] and was built by the Pakistani government.[4][5]

Jinnah Hospital
Jinnah Hospital in Kabul
Front view of the hospital building
Jinnah Hospital, Kabul is located in Kabul
Jinnah Hospital, Kabul
Location in Kabul
Geography
LocationDistrict 13, Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Coordinates34°30′9″N 69°5′56″E / 34.50250°N 69.09889°E / 34.50250; 69.09889Coordinates: 34°30′9″N 69°5′56″E / 34.50250°N 69.09889°E / 34.50250; 69.09889
Organisation
FundingGovernment of Pakistan
Hospital typeGeneral
Services
Emergency departmentYes
Beds200
History
Founded20 April 2019

Jinnah Hospital was opened for the public on 20 April 2019 during an inauguration ceremony.[2]

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History and backgroundEdit

The construction of Jinnah Hospital is funded by Pakistan and is named after the founder and first Governor-General of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is part of a series of Pakistani aid and development projects in Afghanistan valued up to $1 billion, under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme.[2][6][7][8] The flagship project was approved by the Planning Commission initially at a cost of $18 million, and the contract was signed in March 2007.[7][9][10][11] The hospital's foundation stone was laid on 10 October 2007.[12] Jinnah Hospital's design and construction services were undertaken by NESPAK and the National Logistics Cell.[11] Around 25 acres of land for the medical complex were reserved by the Afghan government in District 13 of Kabul.[9][13]

Jinnah Hospital will facilitate the availability of healthcare services to the most vulnerable population of Afghanistan – mothers and children. It will also add to the general healthcare facilities available to the people of Afghanistan.

— Mohammad Amin Fatemi, former Health Minister of Afghanistan.[12]

On 20 April 2019, the hospital was inaugurated and opened for services during a ceremony presided over by Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish as chief guest, with Afghanistan's health minister Ferozuddin Feroz and Pakistan's Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, also present. Feroz appreciated the "generous gift" and thanked "Pakistan’s immense assistance in the health sector" of Afghanistan, while Khan described the hospital as part of Imran Khan administration's vision of providing welfare for the Afghan people. He expressed his hopes that the project would make a "substantial contribution" to the country's health services.[2] Pakistan officially handed over the facility to the Afghan government on this occasion.[3][14]

The total cost of the project at completion was $24 million, and construction was undertaken over 12 years since the date of inception. The deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, as well as institutional and bureaucratic inefficiencies were cited as reasons for the delay in completion.[3] At the time of inauguration, Pakistan was also building the Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad, and the 100-bed Naeb Aminullah Khan Hospital in Logar at a cost of $19 million, both of which were nearing completion.[3][2]

Medical facilitiesEdit

 
Afghan and Pakistani dignitaries jointly inaugurating the Jinnah Hospital in Kabul.

The hospital comprises a two-story structure spread out over an area of 16,700 m2. The building has ten towers.[12] It includes a casualty block, blood bank, outpatient department, dialysis centre, administration block, intensive care unit, constant care centre, thalassemia centre, wards for gynaecology, medicine and surgeries, as well as pediatrics, emergency and food services.[7]

Also included are a pharmacy, laundry and sterilising department. The blocks are accessible and connected to each other via covered corridors, stairs and lifts. The hospital's infrastructure includes overhead water tanks, two tube wells, five 1,000 kVa diesel-powered generators, a pump house and septic tanks, an electrical transformer, and fire alarm and nurse calling systems.[7][12]

According to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, Jinnah Hospital's furnishing and equipment costs – in addition to training of doctors, paramedics and other hospital staff – shall be covered under a grant provided by Pakistan.[12]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pakistan, Afghanistan to enhance trade ties". Dawn. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Siddiqui, Naveed (20 April 2019). "Pakistan hands over 'state-of-the-art 'Jinnah Hospital in Kabul to Afghan authorities". Dawn. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Gul, Ayaz (20 April 2019). "Pakistan-funded Afghan Hospital Begins Operations". VOA News. Retrieved 22 April 2019. It opens a new chapter in the friendship of the two countries... This is the second-largest hospital [in Afghanistan] built with your support that will serve the needy," Feroz told the gathering.
  4. ^ Abbasi, Waseem (4 June 2016). "Pakistan spends Rs683 million on Afghan hospitals". The News. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Projects in Afghanistan". National Logistics Cell. Archived from the original on 17 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Muhammad, Peer (27 April 2014). "Stalled projects in Afghanistan: Govt asked to release money for Pakistan-funded projects". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "NESPAK in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" (PDF). NESPAK. Archived from the original on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Wazir, Hamid Khan (31 March 2016). "Pakistan spending money on infrastructure development in Afghanistan". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Private Investment Opportunities - PPP Candidate Jinnah Hospital". Public Private Partnership Unit (Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan). Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Prof. Ahsan Iqbal chaired the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting to consider public sector development projects". Planning Commission (Pakistan). 4 October 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Pakistan to construct Rs 1200 mln Jinnah hospital in Afghanistan". Relief Web. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Journey of Friendship: Pakistan's Assistance to Afghanistan" (PDF). Pakistan Embassy in Kabul. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Jinnah Hospital to be constructed in Kabul". Embassy of Afghanistan (Tokyo). 7 March 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Pakistan hands over 200-bed hospital to Afghanistan". Gulf News. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.