KABUL CITY – After months of renovation work at the Rahman Mina Hospital, administrative officer Ahmad Shekib is relieved that he no longer has to struggle daily with issues that come with old buildings. “As the work continued day by day, the building was getting better,” says Shekib, 25, who has worked at the hospital for five years.
“The septic system [in our building] was not working well. The renovation solved many of the challenges we had,” says Shekib. “.”
(KUHP). The project aims to improve access to and use of quality health services in Afghanistan’s capital. The hospital serves more than 130,000 people in the Kart-e-Naw neighborhood of District 8, providing health services to over 900 patients a day. The 30-bed hospital has 48 employees, including doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and cleaners.
Rahman Mina Hospital was reconstructed in 2001 with support of the Japanese government. In recent years, the hospital needed renovations to its plumbing and electrical systems as well as infrastructure. The maternal delivery room also lacked sufficient privacy for mothers. Dr. Atiqullah Mushfiq, 40, who is head of the hospital, says, “Hospital activities could not be organized properly and because of these challenges, our performance was weak. We were not able to provide health services to the community properly.”
. At the same time, KUHP provided needed equipment, introduced the Health Management Information System, and trained staff on how to use it.
“We are grateful for the support. It has really enabled us to organize our work,” says Dr. Mushfiq. “.”