Mazar-e-Sharif, 06, Feb 2021 – The third fully-equipped police hospital to fight COVID-19 is inaugurated in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balkh province to serve the nearly 9000 ANP personnel and their families in five northern provinces. This hospital was reconstructed and supplied with modern equipment and medicine by the Ministry of Interior and by the technical and financial support of UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) for Afghanistan.
Previously, the Balkh Police Hospital was a 20-bed hospital with primary facilities. The hospital is now equipped with 50 beds - 20 for quarantine, 8 for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 for mild and moderate cases.
The hospital has all standard and necessary specialized diagnostic units such as ultrasound, labs, x-rays, screening, pharmacy and administrative units. In addition, it has administrative units, a kitchen, a conference hall, and a dining room. The hardware includes ventilators, an oxygen-producing machine, patient monitors, infusion pumps, x-rays, and ultrasound machines which were supported by LOTFA donors financially and imported from different countries by UNDP Afghanistan.
The inauguration ceremony took place at the hospital compound and was attended by Farhad Azimi, Governor of the Balkh Province, Mr. Riaz Darmal, Deputy Minister of MOIA, Major General Mohammad Asif Bromand, MOIA General Director for Health Services, and Colonel Sayed Merajudin, Police Commander of the Balkh Province.
During the ceremony, Major General Mohammad Asif Bromand, MOIA General Director for Health Services, said: “Thanks to the LOTFA donor’s and UNDP’s technical and financial support to Afghanistan National Police”. Mr. Bromand added: “UNDP’s and the LOTFA donor’s support has been crucial for enabling police health department to combat COVID-19”.
The delegation visited all the wards of the hospital at the end of the inauguration ceremony. The delegation was assured of the quality and quantity of the provided equipment, machines, and consumables to the hospital. Mr. Bromand reviewed the newly refurbished and equipped wards, newly purchased medical hardware, pharmacy stock, and operation theatre.
While visiting the wards, Mr Farhad Azimi, advised the head of the Public Health Department of the Balkh Province to support police hospital in enhancing their technical capabilities of using the new hardware effectively.
The COVID-19 Police Hospital in Mazar is the third regional hospital of its kind established and equipped by UNDP with funding from LOTFA donors. Two other similar hospitals were inaugurated in Jalalabad and Gardez, and four more will be opened in Kandahar, Herat, Helmand and Kunduz.
The inauguration was closed with remarks of Mr. Riaz Darmal, Deputy Minister of MOIA. He once again thanked UNDP and the LOTFA donor community and provided guidance to staff of the hospital for providing better treatment services to the police. He asked them to use the resources effectively.
UNDP has been working with the Ministry of Interior from the first days of COVID-19 pandemic to enforce prevention measures among police forces, support the treatment of infected police and supply necessary medical items to enable police continue to enforce law and order in Afghanistan. Thanks to LOTFA donors’ emergency funding to fight COVID-19 for making this possible.
• S. Omer Sadaat, firstname.lastname@example.org, Communications Analyst