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Medical supplies to Paktia clinics yet to resume

Medical supplies to Paktia clinics yet to resume

Jan 30, 2020 - 13:31

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon have yet to allow medical supply to healthinfo-icon centres in southeastern Paktia province, officials said on Thursday.

Dr. Fazal Mohammad Mangal, head of the contracting firm, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had not received medicines for supply to health centres for a month or so.

Mangal acknowledged people were facing problems as most of clinics across the province had run out of medicines. They could not visit the clinics to assess the situation, he said.

But Public Health Director Wilayat Khan Ahmadzai hit out at Hewad, the NGO responsible for medical supplies, for what he called ineffective work.

The director accused the contractor of failing to supply medicines, food and other items to facilities. The supplies have not been brought so far even to Gardez, the provincial capital.

“They have not yet brought medical supplies. Absent medicines, what they would supply? The NGO should answer this query. Supplies could be delivered but the NGO is yet to bring these items to Paktia,” he remarked.

Taj Mohammad Mangal, a member of the provincial council, called restricting health services an illegal act. “How can the Taliban restrict health services? We want the fighters not to create problems for the people, who may rise against them,”

Governor Shamim Khan Katawazi suggested public pressure on the militants to stop them from hampering the delivery of health services.

“The government has built clinics, hired doctors and provides medicines, but it’s unable to set up a check-post near every health centre,” Katawazi reasoned.

Shehrzad Akbar, head of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Right Commission, called access to health services a fundamental right and need of the people. Impeding these services was an act against Islamic teachings and human principals, she said

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the NGO was not serving the people according to the contract it had signed with the Ministry of Public Health.

The supplier ignored the demand of the people, Mujahid alleged, warning if the NGO did not work according to the contract, its activities would not be allowed.

sa/mud

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