Herat city benefits from the excellent medical care available at The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital. This state of the art facility provides much needed treatment, particularly surgeries to patients who have few medical alternatives. So far in 2014, 160 surgeries were performed with staff continuing to operate a sliding scale for fees.
These surgeries would not have happened without support from donors like you. The hospital accepts fees from patients who can pay and uses these to subsidize the poor patients’ care but this does not go far enough. Additional funding through this project is vital to ensure everyone gets the treatment they need and no one is turned away because they cannot afford to pay. People often travel great distances to reach this facility because of its reputation.
Here is a patient story: “My name is Zarqoona. I am a 22 year old woman with 3 children living 30 km from Herat city. My husband is a worker. I had pregnancy problems after my last birth two years ago. I sometimes had internal bleeding since then and my husband was too poor to pay the expenses of my medical treatment.
My cousin attended a Reproductive health Workshop held by AIL; there she found out about the Professor Sakena Yacoobi clinic, and then she called me to come to this hospital for a free checkup. I was so happy and asked my husband take me to the hospital. The doctors were kind and the equipment very modern. After a checkup, I had to stay in the hospital for two days because my problem was serious. The doctor prescribed me some tablets and syrups. I am completely recovered for a few months now.
The hospital administration updates equipment whenever possible and recently a portable ultrasound machine was donated and will soon be en route from the USA to Afghanistan. This will help with the necessary diagnostic testing which is performed on site including ultrasounds (655 conducted in 2014). The hospital pays attention to educating its staff and is currently seeking to send one of its doctors to the US for hospital site visits as a continuing education opportunity.
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