In an extraordinary meeting with the Taliban Minister of Public Health, Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan affairs, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, stated that his country will continue to fund the three modern hospitals it has built in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani official wrote in a string of tweets on Saturday, November 19, that he has met with Qalandar Ebad, the Taliban Minister of Public Health in an extraordinary meeting of the Afghanistan Inter-governmental Coordination Cell (AICC).
According to the tweets, the Pakistani official gave the Taliban side assurance that Pakistan would cooperate with the Afghan people in the healthcare sector, notably by continuing to provide financial support for the three hospitals Pakistan has built in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan has agreed to extend financial support for smooth operations of these hospitals in short to medium term and support the private sector to run these hospitals under public-private partnerships in the long term,” Sadiq Khan wrote.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in Kabul the Afghan capital, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad of Nangarhar province, and Amanullah Logari Hospital in Logar in eastern Afghanistan are three of the modern hospitals Pakistan has built in Afghanistan.
He further stated that in a bid to assist Afghanistan in becoming self-sufficient in the healthcare sector, Khyber Medical University Peshawar, which has already trained hundreds of Afghan doctors, will establish medical college campuses in Afghanistan.
This comes as the Pakistan-built Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in Kabul was previously transformed into a teaching hospital after the Taliban Ministry of Public Health approved the transformation in mid-June this year.