Some doctors flee, others hiding in Kunduz
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The current insecurity situation and recent airstrikes on a Doctors with Borders hospital have left doctors and health workers with no option but to leave northern Kunduz province.
He and some of his friends left Kunduz as the violence continued, a doctor at the Kunduz provincial hospital, Abdul Manan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said if the situation remained the same, no doctor would stay. “We were few doctors who managed to flee due to the ongoing clashes in front of our hospital. Doctors are impartial, but they face only danger,” he said.
The ongoing war and the aerial bombardment on the MSF health facility had concerned doctors who felt themselves and their families insecure, he said.
Similarly, local people also said they were concerned about health workers fleeing the province. They said some doctors had fled and others were hiding inside their houses.
“Hospitals are full of injured people, but there are no doctors and nurses can’t handle all the patients. Some doctors were killed and the situation is very bad,” a resident of Kunduz City, Shujauddin, said.
Public Health Director Dr. Assad Mukhtar acknowledged the concerns, saying some doctors had either left or quit jobs due to the continued war that had endangered the lives of doctors and their families.
Currently, a group of nurses has been curing the wounded people in the civil hospital while a group of doctors would reach soon from Kabul, he said.
According the Public Health Department, 500 injured and 60 dead bodies have been brought to the civil hospital after they got killed and wounded in clashes and airstrikes during the past five days in Kunduz.
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