No female nurses in eight districts of Kunar
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Male nurses have been working in some districts of eastern Kunar province instead of female nurses, health officials said on Wednesday.
During an evaluation gathering of the Midwifery and Nursing Institute in Asadabad, the Basic Health Services Department head, Dr. Abdullah Rawan, said male nurses were working in place of female nurses in 10 health centres of different districts.
Due to lack of midwives, they have hired Pakistani midwives in five districts out of the total 15 districts of the province, he said, adding,” we took undertakings from male nurses and Pakistani midwives that they have to quit their jobs if female nurses and midwives are available in the province.”
However, Deputy Public Health Director Dr. Atiqullah Shinwari said there were no female nurses and midwives in eight districts of the province.
“The nurses and midwives of one area are not willing to work in health centres of other districts,” he said.
Two students of the institute, Humaira and Shamim, said they were willing to work in any part of the province if they were hired after completion of their course.
Currently, nearly 60 females are studying in the institute to become nurses and midwives.
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