A certificate distribution ceremony was organised for Afghan Health Professionals (AHP) who completed a 12-month training and capacity-building programme at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sceinces (PIMS), in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Special Secretary Foreign Affairs Aitzaz Ahmed was the chief guest of the ceremony also attended by the Counsellor of Afghanistan Embassy Sayed Abdul Nassir Yusufi.
The Afghan counsellor appreciated Pakistan’s assistance for development and reconstruction of Afghanistan and hoped that cooperation between the two countries would continue not only in health sector but also other fields of mutual interest.
Addressing the ceremony, Ahmed said Pakistan extended training to Afghan doctors, nurses and paramedics to efficiently run the three hospitals built by Pakistan in Kabul, Jalalabad and Nangarhar in Afghanistan.
“In total 69 health professionals were invited for training courses of various durations,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Wednesday. “[As many as] 59 have already completed their training and since assumed their responsibilities in the above mentioned hospitals in Afghanistan. 10 AHPs completed their year-long training and received certificates from the Special Secretary Foreign Affairs at a ceremony held at PIMS.”
The special secretary said that the government of Pakistan has committed $1 billion as development assistance to Afghanistan and undertook multiple projects in the fields of education, health, and infrastructure, provision of scholarships, training and capacity building of Afghan professionals.
In addition to hosting millions of our Afghans for almost four decades, Pakistan is committed to constructively contribute in the institution building and development of Afghanistan, the statement added.