News: New wing opens at Afghan National Police Hospital
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Police Hospital officially opened a new wing during a ceremony held Oct. 26, 2013.
Attended by senior leadership from Afghan and coalition forces, the ceremony featured speakers such as Brig. Gen. Qandahar, ANP surgeon general, Maj. Gen. Wardak, Afghan National Army surgeon general, and Canadian Maj. Gen. Dean Milner, deputy commander of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan.
“The hard work that has gone into this expansion project is critical,” said Milner. “These policemen are going to get some excellent support and it's been impressive seeing the progression.”
The original hospital building, nicknamed the “Red House,” was built in 1982 by the Soviets as a clinic and later renovated in 2007 to be a hospital. It now houses administrative offices of the surgeon general as well as retaining a number of beds.
“Before, we had 76 beds for the patients, right now, it's up to 161 beds. It's very good for our personnel and our patients because before, we couldn't admit as many,” said Col. (Dr.) Shawali Sulaimanzoy, commander of the hospital. “Now we have greater capabilities.”
Currently, the hospital is able to provide general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine, urology, ophthalmology as well as dental services and physical therapy.
The new hospital wing is 50,000 sq. ft. (4645 meters sq.) and when up and fully running, it will expand on the existing capabilities. An intensive care unit will soon be added, of which the staff has already started training at the National Military Hospital.
“This is a great opportunity for them to expand their services and to show their country that they have a sustainable healthcare system,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Karen Church, senior adviser to the ANP surgeon general. “They certainly have worked very hard for this day and this opportunity and certainly have a good chance at succeeding in creating a healthcare system for their nation.”
As the ANP Hospital reaches its full-intended spectrum of services, it will be the central hub responsible for overseeing 136 ANP clinics currently operating in Afghanistan and for providing healthcare to more than 157,000 police forces and their families.