Clinics constructed in Badakhshan’s Shaghnan district
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Two health clinics benefitting 1,000 people have been constructed in the Shaghnan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Tuesday.
The clinics were built in line with demands from community development councils in the Warjand and Shaduj areas of the district under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP).
Director of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Eng. Abdul Wali Maroofi told Pajhwok Afghan News the clinics projects accounted for more than 9.6 million afs, with 10 percent contribution from area people.
The clinics would provide health services for nearly 1,000 families in 30 villages of the district, he said, adding the buildings were constructed in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
But a resident of Shaduj village, Syed Ali Shah, said people had tried to ensure the construction of a quality clinics. The ministry concerned was yet to appoint staff for the clinics, he regretted.
The district centre is far away from their village and they have to pay 400 afs in transport fare, according to Shah, who asked the public health department to make the facilities functional as soon as possible.
Resident of the area pooled 20 afghanis per family every month to guard the clinics, he said.
On the other hand, Director of Public Health Dr. Noor Mohammad Khawari said due to lack of budget, they were faced with challenges. This year the international community did not support the ministry.
They were trying to upgrade the civil hospital to a regional facility and resolve health problems of Ragh and Ishkashim residents by building clinics for them, the official said.
The clinics would start functioning after the Ministry of Public Health provided staff and other basic facilities for them, he concluded.
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