Herat, Afghanistan, 31 May 2021: The fifth Regional Police Hospital to fight COVID-19 was inaugurated in Herat to serve approximately 9,000 Afghan National Police (ANP) and their families in the four provinces of the Western region, including Herat, Farah, Ghor and Badghis.
Opening of fully equipped, 50-bed (8 ICU for five male and three female, 9 quarantine beds and 33 treatment beds) hospital is an excellent example of UN Development Programme in Afghanistan, Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) and Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) donors' commitment to serving the people of Afghanistan.
The hospital was inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs (Support), Mr Riaz Darmal, Director General of Health Services, Brigadier General Mohammad Asif Boroumand; Herat Chief of Police, Brigadier General Ghulam Sanai Stanekzai; Deputy Governor of Herat, Noor Ahmad Haidari; UNDP Sr. Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), Ms. Surayo Buzurukova, Provincial Council Representative and other officials Military and civilian.
In his opening remarks, Herat Chief of Police, Brigadier General Ghulam Sanai Stanekzai expressed his happiness to see the hospital opening. “I ask our police forces to visit the hospital if you or your family members need medical assistance”, he added.
The hospital is equipped with advanced machines (special diagnostic machines such as 8 ventilators, patient monitors, siring & infusion pumps, ultrasound, DCs shock machine, Lab, x-rays). The hospital is manned by 28 (3 visiting, 25 supports on the call staff) staff comprising doctors and nurses caring for the needs of patients including performing screening, pharmacy and administrative functions. The hospital is also equipped with thousands of medical consumable items and hygienic tools such as soap, hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits and masks.
The deputy minister Darmal in his remarks thanked LOTFA donors for their generous assistance to MoIA. “The LOTFA donors and UNDP have always supported MOIA, especially now during this pandemic the assistance is very timely.”
UNDP’s Senior Deputy Resident Representative for Afghanistan, Surayo Buzurukova stressed to ensure the proper usage and maintenance of these medical items and facilities, to support ongoing sustainability and provision of medical support to the ANP for years to come.
She further said that “A good functioning Police is the corner stone for Development; a good functioning field hospital, like the one being inaugurated today in Herat, will continue to support the functioning of the Police.“
She also thanked the efforts by MoIA and doctors who are proving a great services to COVID-19 patients. “We have made huge progress in stopping COVID outbreak, however, we are not there yet. Therefore, the vaccination is very important. Please spread the word about vaccination campaign. We must finish this job. Together, we can get it done.” added Surayo Buzurukova.
“The Government should provide the best services to the ANP” said Deputy Governor of Herat, Noor Ahmad Heidari. “The COVID-19 hospital is such example, and we’ll also consider the sustainability of the hospital”
The COVID-19 Police Hospital in Herat is the fifth regional hospital of its kind established by the MoIA and equipped by UNDP with funding from LOTFA donors. Four similar hospitals have been inaugurated in Jalalabad, Gardez, Mazar, and Kunduz; two more will be opened in Kandahar, and Helmand in due course.
UNDP’s support to the MOIA on COVID-19 response is possible due to the generous support of the LOTFA donor group, consisting of:
- Government of Australia
- European Union
- Government of Canada
- Government of Croatia
- Government of Czech Republic
- Government of Denmark
- Government of Estonia
- Government of Finland
- Government of Germany
- Government of Italy
- Government of Japan
- Government of Netherlands
- Government of New Zealand
- Government of Norway
- Government of Poland
- Government of Republic of Korea
- Government of United Kingdom
- Government of United States of America