Logar residents seek expansion of health services
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Logar province complain of inadequate health facilities, saying they are faced with serious problems.
Officials also acknowledge inadequacies, but claim taking necessary measures to resolve the issues and address public complaints on a priority basis.
Civil society activist Anahita Alamyar told Pajhwok Afghan News residents of far-flung areas had been facing serious health issue and did not have sufficient access to facilities.
“Women are the worst sufferers as there are no maternity hospitals in the province,” she claimed.” Most of the residents take their patients to Kabul, she says, urging that ministry concerned to upgrade health services in Logar.
Abdul Rahman Tawakali, head of the local council in Pul-i-Alam, alleged far-flung areas were deprived of necessary health facilities due to the incompetence of provincial officials.
“The population of Logar is too big and the health centres here too few,” he observed, saying medicine supply left a lot to be desired and only a small number of health workers were available in remote areas.
Mohammad Umar Stanikzai, another civil society activist, accused the government of providing Logar with nominal health services that needed to be expanded to meet demands of the people.
Noor Zaman, hailing from Mohammad Agha district, said he lived close to Kabul, but even then health services in the town were far from satisfactory.
Mohammad Daud, a resident of Charkh district, grumbled only one clinic was functional in the town and it was unable to meet the poor people’s demands. He asked the authorities not to lose sight of people’s plight.
Logar Civil Hospital Director Dr. Ashiqullah Majidi said there were nearly 50 health centres in different parts of the province, a 100-bed hospital in Pul-i-Alam and a 40-bed facility in Baraki Barak and a 20-bed hospital in Mohammad Agha district.
“Given the large number of patients streaming to these hospitals, we have to work beyond duty hours to examine as many visitors as possible,” he claimed, saying hundreds of patients were treated daily.
In addition to doctors, 12 nurses and midwives at the civil hospital are helping mothers in the maternity ward. “They have been checking three times more than the target patients, so there might be issues...”
The Public Health Ministry was providing medicine for only 360,000 people while they treated more than 800,000 each year, he explained calling the number of health centres inadequate for the Logar population.
However, Director of Public Health Dr. Mohammad Zarif Naibkhel admitted there might be some minor issues but they were trying to resolve the problems as soon as possible.
In every part of the province, there was a health facility, he insisted, asking the people to help the department deliver health services instead of blaming it unnecessarily.
In addition to Logar province, the people of remote parts of other provinces have also been suffering due to lack of health services.
Last year, the former Governor of Logar province had said that due to a lack of interest by the Ministry of Public Health, people in remote areas of Logar have been deprived of basic healthcare facilities. Niaz Mohammad Amiri had said the provincial Public Health Department had been unable to deliver services to the people despite foreign assistance.
“People living in far-flung areas, specifically security forces, have no access to health services,” he informed.
But Dr. Naibkhel, the director of public health, had also rejected the governor’s claimed there were enough hospitals in Pul-i-alam, the provincial capital and Baraki Barak and Mohammad Agha districts in addition to 45 health clinics in the province. He had said work on a 300-bed hospital funded by Pakistan was in progress.
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