A 100-bed hospital was inaugurated in Kabul on Saturday for treatment of patients with neurological disease.
The hospital in two storeys was funded by the United Arab Emirates’ Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz and UAE’s acting ambassador Ahmad Nasir al-Khwaja.
The hospital, said to be biggest of its kind in the capital, is inaugurated as 71,000 cases of neurosurgery are recorded in Afghanistan each year, according to health officials.
Minister Feroz said that 50,000 Afghans face stroke annually in the country, while 30,000 more undergo back pain surgery.
According to the official, with the new hospital, neurological patient will not need to go abroad for treatment.
Meanwhile, CE Abdullah described the hospital as the first equipped and standard facility on neurosurgery, where patients will be treated by local specialists.