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Afghan Minister Says Chinese-Built Hospital To Open

Acting Afghan Health Minister Sorya Dalil (file photo)
KABUL -- Afghanistan's acting health minister has said a Chinese-built hospital will soon open in Kabul, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Minister Soraya Dalil made the announcement while urging that more funds be given for the country's health-care services when an international donor conference is held in Kabul on July 20-21.

The multistory Jamhuriat Hospital, located in the center of Kabul, will be one of the city's largest hospitals and will be equipped with the latest technology.

The total spending by China on the hospital is estimated to be around $26 million.

Equipment for the hospital will also be paid for by the World Bank, the United States, and Turkey.

In addition to its financial support, Chinese businesses were also involved in the construction of the hospital.

In 2004, a portion of the unfinished hospital collapsed and killed several people.

China has become a major investor in Afghanistan. In one venture alone, the Aynak copper mine, China has invested $4 billion.