Al Jazeera – 2012-10-05 22:47:54
An Afghan Hospital Too Unsafe to Open
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports exclusively from the Kabul hospital authorities have deemed too unsafe to open.
KABUL (October 3, 2012) — Foreign donors have spent tens of millions of dollars building hospitals in Afghanistan that have never seen a patient. A total of 19 new foreign-funded hospitals are due to come online within two years, but the government of Hamid Karzai cannot afford to run any of them.
The Chinese-built and funded Jumhoriat hospital requires $44 million in repair work, but that is almost one-third of the Central Asian nation’s entire $135 million annual health development budget.
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