Not a single health clinic in 2 Kandahar towns
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of Shorabak and Regisitan districts of southern Kandahar province on Wednesday said they had to take their patients across the border into Pakistan for treatment of even minor diseases because no healthcare facilities were available in the two towns.
On the way to Pakistan, they said, serious patients often passed away due to rundown condition of roads.
Faiz Mohammad, who lives in Bala Hesar area of Shorabak district, told Pajhwok Afghan News residents had long been without medical facilities and patients had to embark on a difficult and long journey to Pakistan for treatment.
He claimed even a single health clinic did not exist in the entire town.” That’s why people die of even common diseases.”
The resident also said there were no telecommunications facilities in the district and the road leading to Kandahar City was in an extremely deteriorated condition, leaving them with no option but to travel to Pakistan.
Faiz Mohammad said: “People not only take their patients to Pakistan, but also bring with them food and non-food items from there.”
He lamented the government had completely ignored the district as it could not establish a single health clinic over the past 14 years.
Similarly, residents of Registan district said they had been deprived of basic amenities of life and led a life full of miseries.
Resident Haji Sherin told Pajhwok Afghan News the big problem they faced was the absence of healthcare facilities.
“Forget about clinic, we don’t have even a medical store. People here endure a lot of problems. Everyone who falls ill goes to Pakistan for treatment because Kandahar City is away from here and travelling there is much harder.”
He urged the government to reconstruct the road between Registan and Kandahar City and provide them with healthcare facilities and telecom services.
Kandahar Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Qayum Pukhla also acknowledged the two districts had no health facilities, but said other districts had such facilities.
He linked the lack of health facilities in the two districts to a shortage of medical personnel and people’s non-cooperation.
The director said people of the two towns had never visited the Public Health Department to complain about a lack of health facilities in their areas.
He said if residents of the two districts devoted one house each to health clinics and assured protection of the health workers and medical equipment, the public health department was ready to open clinics and dispatch health workers.
Pukhla said a health clinic had been opened in the Shorabak district six years ago, but it was closed after all the equipment were looted.
He said Maroof was also a remote district, but health facilities were available there because local residents were cooperative with health personnel.
He said 93 healthcare centres were operational in Kandahar City and districts across Kandahar.
Shorabak and Registan districts are situated 230 and 350 kilometres respectively from Kandahar City. Roads connecting the two districts with the provincial capital are unpaved and insecure.
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