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Italy to grant Public Health Ministry over 3 million euros
Kabul, July 28, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The Italian government will grant more than three million euros to hospitals and health clinics in Kabul and the northern Baghlan province over the next two years.
A contract to the effect was inked between Public Health Minister Muhammad Amin Fatemi and Italian Ambassador to Afghanistan Ettore Francesco Sequi here on Saturday.
The health minister, after signing the contract, told journalists the grant would be used for improving the Istiqlal Hospital and Mirwais Maidan, Khushal Mina and Qala-i-Wazir clinics in Kabul.
He added part of the money would go to Baghlan and Nehrin district hospitals as well as clinics in Dawab Khost, Guzargah Noor, Tagab Dana, Jilga, Gwadari, Shahr-i-Kohna, and Char Qashlaq districts of the Baghlan province.
Fatemi explained the assistance would be utilised for capacity building of health workers, provision of medicine and medical tools, preventive measures, motivational payments and creation of a burns unit in Istiqlal Hospital.
The Italian ambassador appreciated the development of the Afghan health sector, saying: "We hope the health minister would continue with the good work to further strengthen the important sector."
Italy was ready to offer for any sort of support to the people of Afghanistan, particularly in the health sector, he said, recalling Rome had granted over $15 million to Afghanistan since 2001.