Insecurity: 5 health centres remain shut in Shinwari zone
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Five public health centres remain closed due to insecurity in the Shinwari zone encompassing several districts in eastern Nangarhar province, officials say.
Haska Mena, Achin, Rodat, Kot, Shinwari, and Batikot districts constitute the Shinwari zone.
Nangarhar’s deputy public health director Muqaddisa Miraj told Pajhwok Afghan News on Friday that previously nearly a dozen public health centres had been closed by insecurity in the Shinwari zone and later six centres were reopened, but five centres remained closed.
Atal, a resident of Shadal bazaar area in Achin district, told Pajhwok Afghan News two public health facilities had been closed in their district as a result of insecurity. “There are no health services here, people have to travel to Jalalabad even for a minor disease,” he said.
Similarly, a resident of Oghaz area of Haska Mena district, Noorani, said the only health centre in their district had been shut. “Not only the health facility, but all schools in the district remain closed,” he said.
A member of the provincial council, Ashab Wali Muslim, said the people of Shinwari zone had many times complained to the council about the closure of health facilities.
“But when we shared the matter with the public health department, they say they cannot reopen the health centres until the security situation improves,” said the public representative.
However, the deputy public health director said their efforts to reopen the facilities were underway.
The Taliban have recently said they had nothing to do with health workers.
There are a total of 123 health facilities in Nangarhar, but a number of them have been closed due to insecurity.
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