Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Afghanistan: Foundation Stone of New Mental Health Hospital Laid in Kabul

Source: Government of Afghanistan

Deputy Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Fahim laid down the foundation stone for construction of new mental health hospital here in Kabul on Wednesday.

The hospital with grant assistance of Europe Union (EU) costing $ 300,000 will be constructed on three floors by the end of August 2012.

The mental health hospital after the completion of its construction work will provide health services for treatment of psychotic patients and facilitate laboratories and pharmaceutical services for the needy people.

Speaking at groundbreaking ceremony for building of the hospital, Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Abdullah Fahim termed the creation of this hospital as an another important step towards improvement of mental health services in the country.

More than half percentages of our compatriots are suffering from mental problem and disease as the result of recent three-decade war, poverty, migrations and other social problems in Afghanistan, Dr. Fahim Added.

Beside the creation of this hospital, to address mental problems, fortunately the MoPH last year developed its national mental health strategy for upcoming five-year. In accordance with the strategy we would take the necessary steps by technical and financial support of donor community and MoPH’s health partners towards enhancement of the mental health services in the country.

Likewise Europe Union Charge’d’Afaires Mr. Laul Vandebon spoke on the issue and said’ “as part of our ongoing support to the wider health, the EU is committed to promoting the nascent mental health sector as an integral component of functioning and comprehensive health system”.

In deed, the EU is by far the largest international donor to this sector and is currently supporting mental health promotion projects for a total amount equal to 4, 5 million euros, he added.