Afghans annually spend $300m on treatment abroad
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz on Thursday said 65 percent of the country’s populations had access to basic health facilities and still the Afghans spent $300 million on their treatment abroad each year.
Feroz, who inaugurated a midwifery training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, said security issues continued to pose challenges to the delivery of health services in many parts of the country. However, he said health centres were operational even in the most insecure areas of the country.
“Health centres are operational in all parts of Afghanistan even in areas where the rebels hold sway. However, the centres in insecure areas are deprived of quality health services,” the minister said.
The public health minister said currently 65 percent of the countrymen had access to health facilities and the remaining had no access to those facilities, indentifying the shortage of personnel and specialist doctors as the most serious problem facing the health sector.
The minister expressed concern that still $300 million was spent abroad on treatment of Afghans each year and said his ministry was trying to control the issue by raising the quality and quantity of health services at civil hospital on zone level.
Besides efforts at improving other facilities, the minister said, they were working to bring about positive change in behavior of doctors and medical staff with patients.
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