India signs agreement with ARCS; offers to treat 4,000 Afghan children with heart diseases

India has offered to help treat 4,000 Afghan children suffering from cardiac diseases, Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) announced on Saturday.
 
According to the ARCS, heart diseases in Afghan children have alarmingly increased of late. Majority of children have a hole in heart, which in medical terminology is called ventricular septal defect (VSD).
 
As per the agreement reached between the ARCS and Indian Embassy in Kabul, Indian government will spent 3,000 USD on every patient over the next five years.
 
If the expenses exceed 4,000, the remaining will be paid by the ARCS, according to the agreement.
 
Fatima Gilani, the chairperson of ARCS, thanked India for its continued assistance to the ARCS.
 
Amar Sinha, the Indian ambassador to Kabul, reaffirmed his government’s commitment to provide assistance to Afghan children suffering from various ailments.
 
He said India will provide training to Afghan cardiologists to handle the simple heart related cases.
 
During President Ashraf Ghani’s first official visit to India in April this year, he had reportedly discussed the issues faced by Afghan children.

Amar Sinha, the Indian ambassador to Kabul, reaffirmed his government’s commitment to provide assistance to Afghan children suffering from various ailments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured President Ghani that the well-being of Afghan children is important for India.
 
In March this year, India had also offered to help Afghanistan eradicate polio. According to WHO, the battle for eradication of polio continues in Afghanistan.
 
Ms. Gilani also urged the Afghan Hajj pilgrims to donate 1,000 Afghanis each to the organization in order to help with the treatment of heart patients.
 
A country-wide study conducted by the ARCS recently showed most cases of heart disease in young children coming from eastern Nangarhar province.
 
The ARCS is the Afghan affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which has existed for over 70 years.

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