A hospital and 3 schools inaugurated in Takhar with German support
A new hospital and three schools were officially declared open and handed over to Takhar province on Thursday. In Rustaq district, the new Central Hospital with 50 beds was handed over to the province’s Department of Public Health (DoPH). The district’s Department of Education also inaugurated the Mir Mullah Wali Primary Girl’s School and Kandah Mixed School with 8 classrooms. In Taloqan, the Abdul Wadood Shahid Boy’s High School was inaugurated with 24 classrooms. The building projects were all proposed by the District Development Assembly (DDA) with confirmation from the DoPH and Department of Education and the Provincial Governor Office. The projects were also listed as priorities in the Provincial and District Development Plans (PDP & DDP). Funding came from the German Government through the Stabilization Program for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA), and the projects were executed by the Aga Khan Foundation.
The new hospital in Rustaq has 26 rooms and can admit up to 52 male and female patients at a time. Constructed at a cost of USD 643,568 in 24 months, the government-run hospital is the first of its kind in the province to offer quality health treatment to potentially 220,000 citizens. The facilities can admit up to 52 male and female patients at a time and are suited for complex illnesses and, above all, for issues of mother and child mortality. The hospital now has an intensive care unit, emergency operating theatre, two recovery units (for male and female patients), special treatment rooms, storage space, administrative offices and male and female staff rooms with complete electrical, water and sanitation system as well as all the necessary furniture and equipment.
The schools in Rustaq received a new electrical system, surrounding wall, water wells and furniture. Construction took 18 months at a cost of USD 563,988. The measures will provide a safe learning environment for up to 1,240 girls and boys from 16 surrounding villages and will help encourage parents to send their girls to school. In Taloqan city, the new boys’ school has 24 classrooms, 1 computer room and 6 administrative offices rooms, complete with a new electrical system, and 70 metres of surrounding wall, water and sanitation system and furniture and was constructed at a cost of USD 664,531 in 24 months. The school will enable the Department of Education to provide access to for up to 5,000 pupils from the city and nearby areas. Previously, boys had to study under tents in severe cold and heat in winter and summer. The new building provides a safer, healthier and more effective learning environment.
The Stabilization Program for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, managed by KfW Development Bank and implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, in partnership with Mercy Corps and ACTED. Since 2010, the SPNA has provided over USD 70 million in support for high-impact rural infrastructure projects in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan. So far, more than 199 small- and medium-size infrastructure projects have been funded in 37 districts; in Takhar alone, 59 projects have been implemented in 13 districts, including the provincial capital.
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