Khost gets new medical university; water improvements made in JalalabadPajhwok Afghan News (PAN) reported Saturday that the Ahmad Shah Baba Medical University was officially opened at a well attended inaugural ceremony. The private university is the first of its kind in the southeastern Khost province. It is fully equipped, and staffed by local and foreign teachers. There are currently 105 students, though there is capacity for more and recruitment efforts are under way. Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, who attended the ceremony, said that while he acknowledges and understands the role and progress made by private medical universities, he is advocating that public universities work toward meeting these needs and competing with the private institutions in the future.
In other news, PAN reported last week that a new water supply has been put into service in the Ganda Chema area of Jalalabad city. Niamatullah Rahimi, the United Nations’ regional head told PAN that the system will supply 2,000 families with clean water in the Jalalabad first, second, and third zones. The $2 million Japanese funded system draws water through a 3,000 meter long pipe using a generator powered pump. It features two sources with each able to store 1,000 cubic meters of water. PAN also reported that according to Parvaiz Alishingai, head of the irrigation department, they previously were only able to bring water to 30 families and now they will be directly delivering clean water to 38 percent of the residents. Though the generator draws and delivers less water during times of hot weather, it will address the needs of Jalalabad residents who PAN reported as having problems accessing water when demand increases during summer.