Public Health

New Health Clinic Benefits 27,000 Citizens in Badakhshan
Yesterday, Badakhshan’s Department of Public Health (DoPH) and citizens from Tagab district celebrated the new health clinic’s (CHC) opening in the district’s capital. The new building will help local health workers to provide better health services to the 27,000 citizens living in the district. The DoPH and the provincial governor’s office jointly implemented the project. The Afghan-German Cooperation funded the building’s construction and rehabilitation at a total cost of around AFN 29 million.

During the opening ceremony, the DoPH’s Representative, Dr Majdodul Hakim, commented: “The construction of the CHC in a remote district like Tagab is an important signal towards the population that the state is eager to provide and improve basic services all over the country.” Tagab district’s governor, Mr Mir Ahmad Shah Zegham, added: “The district’s 27,000 inhabitants only had access to four basic healthcare facilities until now. They had to travel for hours to other districts or even other provinces to receive the treatment they required.”

The new health facility has two male and two female bedrooms, a vaccination room, a pharmacy, two delivery rooms, a sterilisation room, a deep well and a surrounding wall. 16 doctors and health workers will offer treatment for internal diseases, childbirth, mental health problems, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Due to security offences in 2015, the construction could only be finished this year.

The Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 2010. RCD aims at enabling Afghan provincial and district administrations to carry out administrative tasks on their own and provide public services adequately. To achieve this objective, RCD has organised about 700 professional or job-specific training courses for more than 37,000 public servants, government employees, and provincial council members so far. Further, to increase the population’s trust in local administration structures, the project has organised 195 public awareness events on local government activities reaching about 27,300 citizens.