Gizab residents seek health facilities
TIRINKOT (PAN): Residents of Gizab district in central Uruzgan province complained on Friday about a shortage of lady doctors and asked the government to establish a major hospital in the town.
"The sole health facility (a clinic) in the district lacks doctors and it is risky to take patients to Tirinkot because of rundown roads and insecurity," resident Abdul Qayum said. There is no midwife at the clinic to take care of women in labour.
Another resident, Abdul Manafi, said the clinic had no diagnostic laboratory and patients were being given "inappropriate" medicine.
A resident of Rabat area, Abdul Jabbar, said they travelled one hour on foot to reach the clinic, but the major problem was non-availability of doctor. "Many women have died on their way to hospital in Tirinkot."
In charge of the clinic, Abdul Khaliq, said at least 100 people visited the clinic daily, but they returned without being treated due to lack of facilities.
"The visitors include tuberculosis patients, but we cannot help them for lack of medicine, lab and beds. We only provide them first aid, which is not enough for them," he added.
Abdullah Khan, the district chief, confirmed inadequate health facilities. He said the clinic remained open till afternoon, but it was unable to meet the needs of area people.
Public Health Director Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel said they were aware of the problems facing Gizab residents. A number of doctors and other facilities would be made available with foreign assistance next year, he promised.
Governor Mohammad Omar Sherzad said the clinic was supplied medicine from Dai Kundi province. He said the clinic would be connected with the main hospital in Tirinkot next year to resolve its problems.
About 11 months ago, the Gizab district was retaken by government forces from Taliban militants as a result of a public uprising against the insurgents.
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