Shulgar residents without water, healthcare facilities
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Residents of 18 villages of the Shulgar district in northern Balkh province complain they have no access to health services and have to travel to the provincial capital for medical treatment.
They say around 3,000 families living in the district consume irrigation and unhealthy water.Qari Abdul Hadi, a prayer leader from Heratyan village, told Pajhwok Afghan News people of 10 villages in his area lacked healthcare services.
He said residents of the villages had to travel to Mazar-i-Sharif City, the capital of Balkh, even for the treatment of minor ailments.The district center is located around 20 kilometers from the villages and roads are in poor condition.
Therefore people choose visiting Mazar-i-Sharif for medical treatment, he explained.Besides lack of healthcare services, people were also in need of clean drinking water, Hadi added.
Mohammad Din, hailing from Siah Ab village, grumbled they were hard hit by absence of health services. “Traveling to Mazar-i-Sharif City is not easy; passenger cars go there only in the morning. If a person encounters a health issue around midday, we have to wait until next morning.”
A tribal elder from Nawabad village, Haji Mirwais, said more than 3,000 families in nearby villages were faced with healthcare and potable water issues. People still use irrigation and stream water for drinking.
A provincial council member, Zabihullah Kakar, said he recently visited the villages to hear residents’ complaints. About 18 villages, located far away from the district centre, lacked healthcare facilities, he acknowledged.
The issue has been shared with the provincial council and action would be taken soon through the governor’s house, he said.
Balkh governor’s spokesman, Munir Farhad, confirmed receiving complaints about problems in Shulgar.He promised the problems would be resolved in the near future.
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