India suspends medical mission in Kabul

India suspends medical mission in Kabul

Sources said there was no adequate staff to run the mission as one of them was killed and some others of the 11-member team were injured in the February 26 attack.

They, however, asserted that the mission would not be wound up and operations would resume as soon as adequate staff is available again.There was also no downsizing of the embassy staff either, the sources said.

The Indian medical mission of six doctors and five paramedics was functioning from the Indira Gandhi Child Care Hospital set up here under India's assistance programme.
However, tele-medicine will continue to be available to Afghans from Chandigarh's PGI and a Lucknow hospital, the sources said.

Seven Indians, including three Major-rank officers of the Army, were among 18 people killed in the attack that targeted guest houses frequented by Indians.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the February 26 "cowardly" act of terrorists to target Indians on goodwill mission in Kabul would not "bend the will" of India to help people of Afghanistan.
The entire nation was outraged by the incident, he said in Parliament in New Delhi.

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