Sat, Oct

Improving local health care in Helmand


helmand-hospital-1The local government of Helmand Province and the international community are forming a lasting bond to improve the health of local citizens. These improvements include providing medical training as well as new equipment for existing hospitals.

For several years, Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, has been cooperating with Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization. MSF has revitalized the hospital’s emergency system, surgery capabilities and infectious diseases management. Thanks to dedicated participation from international agencies, Boost Hospital has become one of the key health facilitators in southern Afghanistan.
“We have about 300 patients coming for treatments on a daily basis. They are mainly from different parts of Helmand Province. But nowadays the improved services attract people from other provinces like from Kandahar and Nimruz,” Doctor Shafiullah from Boost Hospital explains.helmand-hospital-2Samad Khan drove his brother to Boost Hospital all the way from northern Musa Qala district. Regardless of the long drive, they preferred to come down to the capital.
“I decided to bring him to the Boost Hospital due to the good reputation of the medical services here. I’m glad that we have professional, well equipped and skillful doctors in our country and even in our own province. This saves us from a long trip abroad,” Khan says.