High mother-child mortality rates claimed in Ghor
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Pasaband district residents in western Ghor province complain lack of adequate doctors is the main reason behind surge in mortality rate among patients, with some losing their dear ones in front of their eyes.
Pasaband district is 175 kilometres far from the provincial capital with around 100,000 inhabitants.
Majority of youth population in the district face with unemployment. Some have left for neighboring countries in search of jobs while others are busy in agriculture sector.
There is only one health clinic in the district’s centre with five other small health facilities in the district’s vicinity.
People complain about lack of doctors and that they have no choice but to shift their patients to the provincial hospital where lack of transport system and bad roads cause patients to die on their way.
Sayodli, 40, a resident of Sangan locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News sometimes they wouldn’t even see a single doctor in the health clinic in their district. The nurses and other officials who were not professionals check the patients that sometimes prove fatal.
“When my child was ill, I took him to a clinic 10 kilometres away from my village. There was no doctor and no medicine. We went to the district centre. There also we couldn’t find a doctor. I had no choice but to come to Ferozkoh but my child stopped breathing on the way. We returned back home,” he said.
Sayodli added there were a lot of people in his village who did not have resources to evacuate their patients to Ferozkoh. Some even shifted their patients on animals.
Niaz Mohammad, a resident of Pasaband district, said one of his relatives took his aging father on a donkey’s back to the centre of the district. There were no doctors and he could not take him to the provincial capital. After two days, his father lost his life at home.
There is no transport system between Pasaband and Ferozkoh. People would have no choice but to rent a car for minimum 10,000 afghanis which some cannot afford.
Shah Mir, a resident of Tulmistan locality, who had come to Ferozkoh for treatment, complained roads were long and bumpy and the transport expensive. He said coming to provincial capital cost him 20,000 afghanis.
“I had a stomach problem a week back. For the first 20 kilometres, I had to come on horseback to the district’s capital. There were no doctors. Then I had to come to the provincial hospital where I recovered,” he added.
Mohammad, 35, said: “When my wife got ill, I brought her to the district clinic. There were no doctors and they told us the only doctor was on holiday.”
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Yagana, director public health department, acknowledged there were no doctors in Pasaband district. He said they had sent one doctor there, but on pretext of holidays, he never returned.
Despite giving 50,000 salaries to the doctors, they were still not ready to go to Pasaband due to insecurity and impassable ways, he informed. He said he was working with many NGOs to address the problem.
Pasaband borders with the restive Bagheran district of Helmand province. Security situation in the district is deteriorated which also leaves impact on other sectors, including health.
Dr. Yagana said the problem of inadequate doctors was so dire that even in the provincial hospital they lacked 20 doctors.
Earlier, the residents had complained that one bed in the hospital was occupied by over four patients.
Yagana, however, said that a new three-storey building was being built at a cost of $7 million with the help of Japan in order to replace the current building.
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