Al Jazeera reports from Kabul, where a Chinese built hospital has been shuttered to the public due to safety concerns since the day after Afghan president Hamid Karzai inaugurated it in August 2009.
The facility, built by a Chinese contractor and paid for by the Chinese government, has such poor workmanship that the hospital is not safe enough to open to patients.
The myriad errors are clear even to the untrained eye. The air conditioning exhaust unit, which should be on the outside of the building, has been fitted on a wall in an indoor corridor by a waiting room, and the radiators touch the floor, meaning that when they get hot the plastic floor will melt.
Many of the emergency exit signs are placed just 10 centimetres above the floor and written only in Chinese or English – some just point to dead ends.
Al Jazeera were shown a survey that estimated it would cost $44m to bring the hospital up to international standards, 32.59% of the entire Afghan annual health development budget. The Afghan government estimates that its citizens spend $90m a year on hospital treatment in neighbouring countries.