|History and Biodata
Head of Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital Kabul:
Dr. Hakim Saleh,
Mohammad Tahir Formuli (20200706)
Akmal Samsour (20200710)
Doctor in the Afghan-Japan Hospital’s public relations department:
Sayed Massi Noori (20200527)
Finance Manager at Afghan Japan Communicable Disease Hospital:
Reza Ebrahimi (20181000)
On February 4th, 2020, the first special care center to fight coronavirus was established in Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in Kabul. The center offers 100 beds, and is dedicated to diagnose and cure coronavirus patients. The Afghan-Japan Hospital, built in 2014 with funding from the Japanese government, typifies the health system’s woes, though it is better off than many other facilities. In the early weeks of the COVID19 pandemic , suspected coronavirus patients complained of being turned away or of tests lost. It took weeks for staff to get enough protective gear, leaving them afraid to treat patients. Based on international standards, the 100-bed hospital should have 280 staff members, but only 179 staff members have been appointed by the Public Health Ministry, many of whom are absent, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said in a report. The Afghan-Japan Hospital in Kabul has seven ventilators, one of which is not functional. There are three doctors who are qualified to use the machines. On Tuesday Jul 7, 2020, four patients were breathing with the help of these ventilators at the hospital.
In February 2020, Afghanistan’s public health ministry designated the Afghan Japan Hospital in Kabul as the capital’s primary coronavirus treatment facility. There was one major drawback to this – the hand sanitizer procured by the Ministry and distributed throughout the hospital was tested and found to have zero alcohol content. The gel wouldn’t have rubbed ink off of a white board, much less disinfect the hands of the hundreds of staff and patients. According to hospital staff, the sanitizer has since been disposed of and replaced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The official inaugural ceremony of Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in the Darul Aman area took place on January 18, 2014 with the participation of Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health and Takao Makino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.