'Idle' Khost teaching hospital staff receiving salaries
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The teaching hospital staff at the Sheikh Zayed University in southeastern Khost province has been receiving salaries without doing anything over the past many years.
The four-storey teaching hospital’s building was constructed five years ago at a cost of $800,000 American aid. However, the hospital is yet to be made operational.
The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has employed 38 staff at the hospital, who regularly receives monthly salaries despite the fact the hospital it yet to be made operational to teach students.
All the 38 staffers sign attendance sheets daily and receive salaries each month but do nothing.
Pajhwok Afghan News did not receive information about the exact amount of salaries the teaching hospital staff had been paid so far. But 20 million afghanis are estimated to have gone to their pockets in four years.
The Sheikh Zayed University officials had promised immediate activation of the teaching hospital, but students complained they were yet to see any efforts the officials were making to make operational the hospital.
The students said the teaching hospital would not have been lacking equipment if the money paid to the idle staff had been used to purchase the equipment.
Fateh Khan, a student of the medical faculty, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had completed half of the theoretical studies but was yet to do anything practically.
“There are active teaching hospitals in Nangarhar, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat and other provinces, but we have only the building and there is no equipment,” he said.
Medical faculty students in Khost have staged several protests and have blamed the MoHE for their problems.
Medial faculty director Dr. Jahan Shah Tanai said he and the Khost University had tried their best to get the teaching hospital activated.
He said $450,000 had been approved for the hospital but the MoHE used the money on unnecessary things.
“The MoHE used the money to paint the ministry building, but no one asked them why,” he said, adding that medical studies without practical experience were incomplete.
Tanai said the medical students were sometimes taken to the Khost Civil Hospital for practical leaning, but it could not meet the students’ requirements.
Sheikh Zayed University chancellor Mujib Rahman Karimi confirmed that efforts at activating the teaching hospital did not yield any results before he was appointed as chancellor.
He also said the money allocated for purchasing equipment for the teaching hospital had been used by MoHE officials.
‘We hope the required equipment would be provided within two months by the officials concerned to activate the hospital for students,” he said.
He said the teaching hospital had 53 posts and 17 of them were filled by specialists and 20 by administrative staff in 2012.
“The specialists are busy teaching students in the provincial civil hospital,” Karimi said.
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