Despite massive infusions of foreign capital -- including US tax dollars -- the Afghan government now claims it cannot afford to run any of the 19 new foreign-funded health facilities that were supposed to come online over the next two years.
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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