Alasai, Tagab residents desperate for health facilities
MAHMOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Residents of two insecure districts of of central Kapisa province say they have been lacking healthcare facilities and the government has built no health centre in their areas over the past 14 years.
These residents of Alasai and Tagab districts say they take their serious patients to hospitals in capital Kabul or in eastern Nangarhar province for treatment.
Taj Mohammad, a resident of Alaqadar area of Alasai district, told Pajhwok Afghan News people in remote mountainous areas had no health facilities.
“The situation of female patients is worse, there is no clinic to handle delivery cases and people have to take their pregnant women to the provincial capital or Kabul hospitals,” he said, adding that women often lost their lives before reaching hospital.
Shah Mahmod, a resident of Askin area of the district, said the government should build a well-equipped hospital between Tagab and Alasai districts so that people from both the districts could get benefit.
He said some clinics had been set up in the district but they could not treat patients for lacking resources. One of the reasons behind these partially active clinics was insecurity, he added.
“War has been ongoing from several years in Alasai where local people who fall victim to the war are left in the lurch, but security forces have no such problem because they are taken to military hospitals,” Mahmod said.
He said civilians who got wounded in security incidents died in their homes because there was no hospital for their treatment in the area.
A resident of Shah Walikot district, Sayed Meer, said civilians had long suffered from violence, but they denied facilities to transfer their injured relatives to the district center for treatment.
“Most of the times we take our injured to Jalalabad, Kabul and Panjsher provinces for treatment and we face several problems on the way,” he said.
Shawiz, a dweller of Tagab district, said in addition to other problems, the lack of clinics for pregnant women was the most serious one.
Few days ago, he said, a pregnant woman in his family died on the way to a hospital in Sarobi district.
The government has been promising every year to build a hospital in Tagab district, but it is yet to take practical steps, he adds.
A tribal elder Haji Gulalai said small clinics available in Tagab could not address people’s problems.
A woman, who wished not to be named, said she was taken to Rabia Balkhi hospital in Kabul for giving birth to her child.
“I had blood pressure problem, I faced many problems on the way to Kabul, but God saved me,” she said.
A provincial council member, Azizullah Safi, also said the government has long been promising to build a hospital in Tagab, but nothing was done.
He added they were pressing local officials to build health centers in the two districts.
However, Kapisa public health director Dr. Mirza Mohamamd Raja said health clinics were available in remote mountainous areas of Alasai district solving local people’s problems to some extent.
He said there were also a number of clinics in Tagab district and work on an important healthcare facility was underway there. Raja promised to build a hospital in the center of Taga district at the beginning of next year.
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