Patients accuse Parwan hospital staff of being rude, arrogant
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): A number of patients and their attendants accuse midwives and doctors of “serious professional misconduct, inappropriate attitude and using different tactics to force them into paying bribe” at the civil hospital in central Parwan province.
They say doctors sometimes ask patients for money and even subject their visitors to beating most often at the maternity ward.
However, officials say the government hospital in Charikar, the provincial capital, had many problems earlier, but they were resolved with installation of CCTV security cameras.
Benazir, 28, a resident of Khwaja Siyaran locality of Charikar, told Pajhwok Afghan News she was pregnant and had arrived at the civil hospital a week ago to give birth to her child, but doctors didn’t attend her despite her pain increasing.
She then realized the midwives would not her seen by the doctors and gave one midwife 500afs. “A pregnant patient from Siyagard district had no money to give the midwives. The woman promised she would pay them after the delivery. After giving birth, the doctors didn’t allow her to leave the hospital because she could not pay the money and I am witness to the scene when doctors slapped her.”
Meanwhile, Shima, 38, hailing from Hofian Sharif area of the provincial capital, said about two years back she went to the hospital to give birth to her 11th son.
Knowing it was her 11th delivery, a midwife got angry and hurled insulting words at her and even slapped her in the face several times, she recalled. “Shame on you stupid and foolish mother why you produce so many children in this modern era, why don’t you stop giving births?,” yelled the midwife.
Naheed, 23, who lives in Laghmani area of the capital, said she went to the same hospital with her sister-in-law about two months ago.
“As an attendant I observed that the doctors and midwives were rude and lacked care and compassion. Until the doctors were fed bribe, they would not even look at patients’ condition. Doctors after births ask patients for money as Sherini.”
“Doctors sometimes make demand on patients and their visitors to bring them barbecue and other foods and you will think they are demanding their right,” said Naheed.
She said doctors used to subscribe unnecessary medicines and medical stuff during deliveries and operations in order to sell the extra medicines to other patients.
Hamid, a resident of Minara locality of Jablus Siraj district, who had brought her wife to the civil hospital for delivery, told Pajhwok at the hospital that it was for the third time they were visiting the hospital for delivery and each time he was obliged to give 1000afs in the name of sweets.
Husai Bayani, Parwan provincial council member, said she had also received similar complaints. She had spoken to public health director Dr. Mohammad Qasam Saeedi in this regard.
“Dr. Saeedi while acknowledging the issue said to avoid such attitude they have installed CCTV cameras at the hospital at the start of this solar year,” the public representative said.
Dr. Saeedi also confirmed the CCTV cameras had helped reduce complaints from patients about money taking, insults and beating.
But Bayani insisted some issues remained in the hospital and could not be prevented with the help of cameras.
Dr. Mohammad Qasam Sangin, the provincial civil hospital director, acknowledged some issues like the lack of medicines, beds and places for visitors; but denied mistreatment of patients, beating them and taking money from them.
He said patients too didn’t observe rules and discipline in the hospital and the cameras’ installation had resolved 98 percent of issues and complaints.
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