Tagab in Badakhshan to receive new health clinic for 150 patients with German support
Work on the construction of a new Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC) for Tagab district in Badakhshan province began today. The new clinic will be easily accessible for communities in the remote district and will have room for up to 150 patients to be treated at the same time. The CHC is also the first clinic of its kind provided by the Department of Public Health in Tagab and built with funding and technical support from the German Government.
Speaking at the cornerstone ceremony for the new CHC in Tagab, Dr. Mohammad Ismail, Representative of Department of Public Health in Badakshan, said, “Construction of the new health facilities in the remote district of Tagab is an important step toward better health service delivery to the population in the district. This clinic will greatly improve the living conditions of the community. It will help the local government and public health department reach citizens and provide proper healthcare for the district’s population.”
The facilities will offer healthcare for a wide range of illnesses, diseases and needs. A total of sixteen staff will work in the clinic to offer treatment for internal diseases, childbirth, mental health, tuberculosis, nutritional disorders and malaria. For the district’s population of 50,000, there are only three other healthcare facilities spread around 96 villages and a basic health clinic in the capital of Tagab. For further treatment, patients are often refered to other clinics many hours’ travel away in Keshem, Faizabad or even Taloqan province. The new CHC in Tagab promises a significant impact in the district, as people will be able to receive proper care much quicker.
To lay the ground stone of the new clinic, Dr. Mohammad Ismail was joined by Mr. Abdul Rashid Ibrahimi, Representative of the Badakhshan Provincial Governor’s Office, Mr. Gul Mohammad Balouch, Tagab District Governor, Mr. Kamil Beg Hussaini, Former member of the Provincial Council and representatives of the District Development Assembly (DDA), the Health Shura and religious and local elders. 150 people from various villages in Tagab also came to see the ceremony.
The proposal for for the Tagab CHC came from the District Governor’s Office, together with the Department of Public Health in Badakshan (DoPH). The Badakhshan Provincial Development Committee (PDC) prioritized it in 2014. The AFN 27 million in funding and technical implementation support came from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF), which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation programme, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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