KABUL, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The first-ever
telemedicine system in volatile Afghanistan was launched in capital Kabul on
Wednesday to improve health services.
The system, supported by an Afghan leading cellphone
operator Roshan, will provide hospitals in Afghanistan with real-time access to
specialist diagnosis, treatment and training expertise from abroad.
Afghan Minister for Communications Amirzai Sangin
formally launched the system, which is linked to Aga Khan University Hospital in
Karachi city of Pakistan.
In the first phase, the system would link the
Kabul-based French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) to Aga Khan University
Hospital, enabling access to a broad array of radiology expertise provided by
the foreign hospital, he said.
Subsequent phases will link Afghanistan's major
regional hospitals to the FMIC, which will be connected with some medical
institutions in Europe and North America, he added.