Takhar’s Hazar Sumuch district lacks health services
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The residents of Hazar Sumuch district in northeastern Takhar province complain about their lack of access to health facilities as patients sometimes die on the way to hospital in the district’s centre.
Sher Ahmad, a resident of Shor Qodoq village, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We transfer our patients by donkeys to the district hospital; we travel for five hours to reach the district centre due a rundown condition of the road.”
Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Pust Moghal area of the district, said they did not take their women and children to hospital if they suffered from seasonal diseases in winter and summer.
He said they took their patients to hospital when their condition worsened due to the long distance between the village and the district centre.
“My little son was ill, I took him to doctors in the district center after his condition got serious, the doctors referred him to Taloqan and then to Kabul, I nearly lost my son,” he said.
These residents asked the central government to build a second healthcare center in the district to resolve the problem.
Meanwhile, Hazar Sumuch district chief Basir Baig said people living in villages faced many problems transferring their patients to the district center for treatment.
Residents of remote villages have to travel two to five hours to reach the district center, he said, identifying the lack of proper roads and healthcare centers main problems the villagers faced.
Baig said he had shared the problem with provincial officials several times, but failed to elicit a positive response.
He said 90 percent of problems of local residents would be resolved if another healthcare center was established built in the district.
Afghanistan Development Association (ADA), a non-governmental humanitarian organization that provides financial support to healthcare centers in Takhar, says there is only one healthcare center in Hazar Sumuch district having 30 staff members.
ADA head Dr. Wali Mohammad Rasikh said they lacked resources to build another healthcare center in the district.
“The current healthcare center in the district is enough for its residents, but the district population is scattered and live in remote locations,” he said.
Takhar public health director Dr. Hafizullah Safi also confirmed the problems being faced by residents of Hazar Sumuch district.
He said a second healthcare center would be also built in the district to resolve people’s health related problems.
“After our repeated requests to the Ministry of Public Health, the government agreed to allocate budget for another healthcare center, we will choose a proper location for it and its construction will be started in near future,” he said.
Hazar Sumuch district with a population of 16,000 in 29 villages is located near Taloqan, the provincial capital.
Ninety percent of its farmland is rain-feed and people there also face shortage of potable water.
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