Some Balkh districts lack health facilities, say dwellers
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Residents of some districts of northern Balkh province complain they have been facing the shortage of healthcare facilities.
They say their main problems are a lack of buildings for local clinics, medicines and bad behavior of doctors. Health officials also confirm some of these problems people face in districts.
Khairuddin, a resident of Zari district, told Pajhwok Afghan News people in his area were facing various problems as the local clinic had no building and medicines and even the doctors there did not discharge their duty.
“Doctors are living in Mazar-i-Sharif City (the provincial capital) and mostly remain absent, so people have to travel to the city for treatment of even minor diseases,” Khairuddin said.
He said people could not reach the district clinic easily due to dilapidated road conditions and it was government’s responsibility to address people’s problems.
Similarly, a dweller of Shulgar district, Yahya, said people of the district traveled to Mazar-i-Sharif and paid high fees for medical treatments due to the absence of health facilities in their own district.
The district clinic still has no building despite its construction work was launched five years ago, he said.
“The district clinic operates in a rented house where only few people could receive treatment each day. The doctors in the clinic prescribe only one type of tablets to all patients,” Yahya said.
Likewise, a resident of Shurtapa district, Abdul Wadood, said people did not believe in treatment at the local clinic, therefore they sent patients to Mazar-i-Sharif city.
He said there was no lab facility to properly diagnose diseases and drugs administered to patients were of low quality.
“It is difficult for people to take their ailing family members from the district to Mazar-i-Sharif due to the bad condition of the road,” he added.
An official at the public health department, Asadullah Sharifi, told Pajhwok that health clinics were available in all districts of Balkh province since 14 years.
He said small and big health centres were operational both in Mazar-i-Sharif city and districts of the province.
“Some people are habitual to demand more medicines even for a minor issue like flu,” he said.
According to Sharif, even a small clinic in a district examines around 100 patients a day. Citing an example, he said four clinics including one for drug addicts were available in Shurtapa district alone.
He accepted some problems still existed in the health sector in Balkh province, but said they were trying to resolve them. More than a hundred health centres were active in districts of the province, he said.
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