Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 May 2021 – The fourth fully-equipped police hospital to fight COVID-19 was inaugurated in Kunduz today to serve the Afghan National Police (ANP) and their families in the four provinces of North Eastern region, including Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan and Baghlan. The hospital was reconstructed and supplied with modern equipment and medicine by the Ministry of Interior Affairs with technical and financial support from UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).
The newly inaugurated hospital is equipped with all necessary diagnostic, preventive and treatment equipment required to treat infected patients and prevent further spread of the virus. The hospital is equipped with 40 beds to provide COVID-19 treatment support to approximately 10,000 ANP personnel and their family members in the region. It has been supplied with the necessary medical machines with specialized diagnostic units such as ultrasound and x-ray labs, phlebotomy labs, screening unit, ventilators, pharmacy and administrative units.
The hospital was inaugurated by the provincial Governor Mr. Abdul Satar Mirzakwal, MOIA General Director for Health Services Major General Mohammad Asif Bromand and provincial chief of police Brigadier General Farid Ahmad Mashal. The ceremony was attended by members of provincial council, local government officials, notables and community elders.
Speaking at the ceremony, the governor of Kunduz Mr. Abdul Satar Mirzakwal acknowledged and appreciated the efforts and perseverance of all those involved in the construction of the facility at this critical time of a third wave of the pandemic. “I am thankful to the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, UNDP and donors for this project, which works directly to save lives of Afghan National Police” said Governor Mirzakwal.
"This is exactly the right support, in the right region” said Haji Mohammad Laghmani, member of provinvial council, during the inauguration, referring to the untimely passing of the former Provincial Police Chief of Kunduz, who lost his life to COVID-19.
During the ceremony, a video message from UNDP’s Resident Representative for Afghanistan, Abdallah Al Dardari was played, in which he praised the efforts by Ministry of interior to contain the spread of the virus in the ranks of police and appreciated the support from LOTFA donors, urging caution in the face of a new wave of the pandemic. “Even though the number of cases remain relatively low in Afghanistan, but due to spike of infection in countries surrounding it, it is advisable to control the disease here,” said Mr. Dardari.
The COVID-19 Police Hospital in Kunduz is the fourth regional hospital of its kind established and equipped by UNDP with funding from LOTFA donors. Three other similar hospitals were inaugurated in Jalalabad, Gardez and Mazar, and three more will be opened in Kandahar, Herat and Helmand.
UNDP has been working with the Ministry of Interior Affairs from the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic to support prevention measures among the police, support the treatment of infected police and supply necessary protective and medical items to enable the police to continue enforce law and order in Afghanistan.
The seven police regional hospitals in Nangarhar, Herat, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar, Balkh, and Kunduz are built and equipped with funds by the LOTFA donors.