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Patients

Since 1994 about 550,000 outpatients and inpatients have been cared for in our hospital, 70 % being women and children. Additionally we vaccinate about 80,000 people per year, with people coming from as far as Kabul, the neighbouring provinces and beyond.


All patients are taught general health and mothers get a special mother/child–health counselling. Outpatients have to pay a small sum for their treatment; they get medicine at half the bazaar price.

Inpatients, however, are treated completely for free. Their accompanying family members – due to Afghan customs patients are never left alone at the hospital – are also accommodated. They also get board and lodging for free, but have to work for it by taking over the basic care of their ill family members. That includes washing the patients, taking care of clothes, getting the patient’s food and - if necessary - feeding the patient. Very important is the night watch, as there is no electricity at night and consequently no patient’s bell for calling for help in case the patient’s condition deteriorates.

Additionally various other jobs have to be taken over by the patient’s relatives. So the hospital can reduce staff costs and is able to offer free treatment for the very poor.

Most common diseases

Most common diseases

•    Accidents, injuries, burns
•    War wounds  and landmine injuries
•    TB, typhus, malaria, respiratory diseases
•    Malnutrition, anaemia, rheumatism, worm infection, strokes
•    Diarrhoea, various infections (especially with children)
•    Ordinary and high-risk pregnancies

Range of medical treatment

The hospital is offering a fully functioning operation department, an x-ray department, EKG, a state-of–the-art ultrasonic device, a well equipped laboratory with several medical scientists, a pharmacy, a physiotherapy department (run by UNDP/CPAP) and a regional vaccination centre with three vaccination assistants run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan.

 

In 1999 a TB clinic was built by the leprosy relief organisation (LEPCO) next to the hospital. Both institutions cooperate very well.

Since 2003 the hospital is also offering a dental department.