KABUL: Minister of Public Health Firozuddin Firoz and representative of Afghanistan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) on Sunday signed an agreement to connect 15 provincial hospitals with Kabul hospitals and some local hospitals with regional ones in order to provide advanced healthcare service to the people, a statement from the MoPH said yesterday.
Addressing the signing ceremony at the Government Media Center in Kabul, Minister Firoz said the MoU was aimed at using advanced technology and providing healthcare service to the Afghans both inside the country and abroad and as well to connect the provinces and districts with the center.
He said the move would help patients receive standard treatment and doctors would be able to enhance their knowledge and as well provincial doctors would get experience through consultations with Kabul doctors, the statement quoted the minister as saying.
He said the project would cost $3 million provided by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology. According to the statement, in the first phase, the civil hospitals of Paktika and Samangan provinces would be connected with the Jamhoriat hospital in capital Kabul through the Optic Fiber network and after that the rest 13 hospitals would also be connected.
He also informed that some hospitals would be connected with world’s advanced hospitals, but provided no further information in this regard.
Meanwhile, Minister Firoz said the countrymen spent $300 million a year on their treatment abroad. Najib Azizi, the Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Board head, said: “By signing this agreement our only aim is to how we can bring about positive change in people’s lives.” He said ATRA would pay for the project as well oversee it.
The Kabul Times