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    3 women die due lack of midwives in Paktia clinics

    GARDEZ (PAN): Three women have died during childbirth due to a lack of midwives at health clinics in two districts of southeastern Paktia province, officials and residents said on Wednesday.

    Two women died at a clinic in Sahak area of Zurmat district two days back, Mohammadullah, a resident of Sahak area, said. The women had been brought to the clinic from Pan and Madiwal villages, he said.

    Another resident of Garda Siri district, Pasarlay, a third woman died on her way to a hospital in Gardez, the provincial capital, on Tuesday. 

    He said residents could not take their patients the district centre because linking roads had been blocked by heavy snow.

    A resident of Ahmadabad district, Ajmal, also said there was no midwife at the two healthcare centres in the district.

    The provincial council head, Shaista Jan Ahmadi, confirmed the death of the three women during delivery.

    However, public health department head, Khan Agha Miakhel, rejected the reports, saying all clinics had midwives in the province. "The women might have died on their way to clinics," he said.