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Afghan Construction Projects Reach or Near Completion

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2006 – Several construction projects in Afghanistan have recently been completed, and many more are close to completion, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported.

The Khayr Khot Medical Clinic in Paktika province had a grand opening ceremony Oct. 14. The clinic will provide health care to citizens of the province’s Sharana district.

The clinic complex consists of a building with five rooms, a bathroom and a guard post with perimeter wall. riginally built by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in 1999, the facility needed significant repairs, coalition officials said. The refurbishment cost $120,000 and was funded by the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development.

Materials for the project were purchased from Sharana district merchants, and the project employed local labor.

In addition, the local provincial reconstruction team donated medical equipment, including an electrocardiogram, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and a surgery kit. The equipment will make the clinic one of the most advanced in the region, officials said.

Afghan officials said the clinic will allow the government the chance to provide medical care for its citizens, many of whom have never had the opportunity to see medical providers before.

District Gov. Mohammad Hashim Qanah was joined by a host of local government leaders, local elders and mullahs at the ceremony. School children also attended the event.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Afghan officials from Khogyani district in Nangarhar province celebrated the grand opening of the Khogyani Courthouse on Oct. 7.

The courthouse will keep the judicial system in the district strong and symbolizes the international community's support throughout the province, officials said. The sub-governor, judge and several elders attended the ceremony. The project was started July 1 and cost $100,000. Provincial reconstruction teams provided funding for this project.

Also, the U.S. funded Black Dabor Alo School in Logar province is near completion. The school is expected to be finished by winter and will greatly enhance the opportunity for district children to learn, coalition officials said. District children are currently attending classes in tents.

The $169,600 construction project began in mid-March and employs 15 Afghan workers.

"Construction of the new school symbolizes the United States' commitment to improving access to education for the Afghan people," Army Col. Thomas Collins, a coalition spokesman, said.

In addition, construction of the Ab Band District Center Education and Administration buildings in Ghazni is steadily making progress. The construction started in mid-September and is scheduled for completion in the spring.

The total cost of the buildings, water and electrical systems and plumbing is $284,800. The project employs 50 local Afghans.

"Afghans, with assistance from the coalition and international communities, are rebuilding Afghanistan so communities can live peacefully and continue to become part of a strong nation," Collins said. Provincial reconstruction teams provided funding for this project.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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