1.Background to the Medical Complex:
The entire Afghan population is faced with multifarious health problems because of shortage and certain lacuna in availability of quality health facilities/safety and failure of translating into action a spectrum national health policy backed by the sufficient budgetary provision as well as resource allocation. The hospitals do not meet the current increasing demand rather fraught with major flaws in terms of patient care at various levels. Currently the secondary and tertiary levels of the health system provide limited numbers of health services, partly due to limited diagnostic technology and partly due to few qualified professionals. Insufficient infrastructure is seen as the very basic short coming. The above situation has ultimately resulted in to the low quality and insufficient heath care to leave the ailing and the sick mountain dwellers in a state of despondency and total disparity.
The interventional procedures for cardiac services do not exist at all and hospitals are very limited in terms of diagnostics and treatment facilities for cardiac services. Diagnostic and treatment facilities for those patients with cardiovascular diseases, especially those who need surgical procedures, are lacking. There are no facilities in Afghanistan that perform adult open heart surgeries; hence all those patients who need surgical procedures are automatically candidates for travel to outside of the country which compounds their woes like financial burden, security situation and delay in help to the cardiac-related problems.
Keeping in view the grave situation particularly in the field of Cardiology, Escorts Amiri Diagnostic Heart Centre was established in April, 2006 and was formally inaugurated by the then Minister of Public Health, Dr Muhammad Amin Fatimie. It was the pioneering heart centre in Afghanistan which set a bench mark in cardiac care with its outstanding outpatient cardiac care services over the last seven years. The centre emerged as a primary facility for cardiac ailment diagnosis and was thus far the most visited centre right from the day of its establishment.